I found this relevant to your question.
Hinduism, the oldest of all major religions, belongs to the oldest
living civilization of this planet.The difference between a young
civilization and an old civilization is comparable to the difference
between the young and the elderly.
The young usually have a lot of physical vigor and intelligence, which
no matter how keen, tends to be superficial. It has expanse but not
much depth. On the other hand, the elderly do not have their youthful
vigor anymore. Having crossed the storms of passion they have acquired
relatively calm and serene minds and are now capable of deep and
unbiased thinking. Relieved of the intellectual arrogance of their
youth, they become fit for acquiring “wisdom,” that rare and precious
commodity which is the outcome of their many years of experience.
Their wisdom enables them to become broadminded, forgiving, and
tolerant of other people’s views.
In ancient times, when civilization was very young, all human
ancestors lived in tribal societies. The idea of nationhood came much
later. A tribal society didn’t have as many moral and ethical
injunctions and prohibitions as we have today. Thus it was a much
freer society. At the same time, it had extreme rigidity in religious
For example, let us consider a typical tribal society of the
prehistoric period. Let us suppose that the tribe lived on a volcanic
island cut off from the rest of humanity. Its world was one of
ignorance, mystery, magic, superstition and fear. The strongest man in
the tribe became the chief. He was also the best hunter and warrior.
As in any animal pack, this tribe also maintained a strict pecking
order, the chief being at the top of the social ladder. The second
most powerful member of the tribe was the medicine man cum priest,
imagined to possess great magical power. Even the chief treated him
The island had a dormant volcano that erupted periodically spewing out
lava and causing a lot of suffering to the tribe. The medicine man had
determined that a deity must live inside that volcano. Judging by the
great devastating power of the volcano, he had concluded that it must
be an enormously strong male deity. As with any dormant volcano, when
pressure would build up inside, the volcano erupted and lava started
flowing out of its crater until the pressure was relieved. Then it
became dormant again for some years.
Once in the past, when pressure had built up inside the volcano, lava
started pouring out of its crater. Terrified people went to the
medicine man seeking his advice. He said that the volcano god had
become angry, and to appease him a young woman had to be sacrificed.
Then one hapless young woman was forcibly thrown into the red-hot,
flowing lava as an offering to the deity. Some days later when the
lava flow stopped on its own, the medicine man claimed all the credit
for this. Had anyone in that tribe questioned or doubted the existence
of that so called volcano god, he most probably would have been
killed. Such lack of tolerance caused by extreme rigidity in religious
thinking is a common characteristic of people belonging to younger
The civilization in India is the oldest living civilization of the
world. The only other comparable ancient civilization that’s still
alive today is China. The ancient Egyptian civilization has long ago
gone out of existence. So also has the relatively younger Aegean
civilization. The Greeks, who destroyed the Aegean civilization and
later built their own, appeared on the stage only around 1500 B.C.
As the civilization in India grew older it acquired wisdom. Along with
that wisdom came broadmindedness and the spirit of tolerance to accept
newer religious and metaphysical thoughts. That’s why the word
“blasphemy” is not to be found anywhere in Hindu religious thought. In
Hinduism any sincere and rational question can be raised. As a result,
over the past several thousand years, all possible questions have been
asked. And numerous Hindu thinkers, who appeared on the stage at
different periods of time, have provided appropriate answers to those
questions. Those questions and answers form the foundation of Hindu
Aside from that, not having a known founder also has been a blessing
to Hinduism. Had it been a religion with a specific founder, it would
have been hard for Hinduism to undergo the kind of evolution it has
had over the past many thousand years. Various saintly souls and
philosophers at different times have appeared on the stage, played
their individual roles, and enriched Hinduism with their teachings.
They have reformed and revitalized this religion and made it relevant
to the changing times and people. This would not have been possible
had Hinduism had a single known founder.
From the above discussion, we can see that India being a very old civilization is more mature and hence values spirituality more.