There is an enormous chasm between religion and spirituality as well.
And personal beliefs within all systems run the gauntlet. There are many roads to personal peace and fulfillment. We each get to walk our own journey back home.
I have been blessed to know good Humans from all walks of life. And I am immensely grateful for the gifts they bring. But none of them required I walk their walk.
And there is the difference. Whatever one believes — spiritual, atheist, religious — it belongs only to you.
And I believe James makes excellent points — we are the product of our environments in so many ways. Hurt people hurt people. Emotionally, physically and spiritually.
No one particular path owns that dysfunction.