Wikipedia defines a World View as the framework of ideas and beliefs through which an individual, group or culture interprets the world and interacts with it. A world view is verified in terms of which every aspect of man’s knowledge and experience is interpreted and interrelated.
Are your eyeballs rolling?
Philosopher Ravi Zacharias sets out a simple quiz to figure out your own world view. He points out that when I understand my world view, I can then assess someone else’s world view, which, in this day of multiculturalism and religious tolerance, actually matters if we’re in a discussion with someone, and we want to explain why we believe what we believe.
A person establishes a world view by answering four questions.
Origin – Where did I come from?
Meaning – What gives life significance?
Morality – How do I determine right from wrong?
Destiny – What is the end of life?
Next assess your answers.
* Each answer must correspond to reality.
* The answers must be coherent with one another.
For instance: A person may say man exists due to random evolutionary accidents. When we die, we cease to exist. If he then says life has value, people should be good to one another, and there are consequences if we aren’t, someone could argue that this is inconsistent. If man is here by accident and has no future after death, then life has no intrinsic value and it doesn’t matter how we behave or treat others.
If a person’s answers are not consistent, coherent and defendable, the judgment of the person who holds that view is questionable.
I wanted to try this out and found that the well-developed characters in classic fiction made excellent test subjects. Check out Fagan, in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. A nasty fellow, it’s true, but his actions were consistent and predictable according to his world view.
Try it with today’s political figures and celebrities.
Consider how a person’s world view sets them up to make choices and decisions regarding the questions and challenges that come up in their lives.
Finally, be aware that a person’s world view creates their prejudice. Prejudice simply means to pre-judge. Consciously identifying the basis of our pre-judgment and feeling confident in this gives our lives stability. We now have a base for what we’re going to do and how we’re going to react in any given situation. Best of all, we know why.
World view. What’s yours?
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