I’m looking out my office window as I write these words. The sun is shining and a gentle breeze is attempting to grant release to the last vestiges of dry, brown leaves from the tree outside of my window. Birds are singing in the branches and a small deer is eating something beneath the tree. A pastoral scene if I ever saw one.
If I was to remove my glasses (nearsighted as a bat), this beautiful scene would blur into different blotches of blues, browns, and grays. The birds in the tree would become invisible to me. The leaves would become sounds only, as they were rubbed together by the breeze. The deer would be quite invisible unless it decided to move; in that case, it would become a mysterious blob of movement that might stir my imagination.
This brings me to the title of this post: how to see out of the window. The window I am talking about is your personal worldview. Your worldview is your interpretation of what it is that you see when you look out of the window. Are you with me so far? In the next paragraph, we will take a look at what it is that you see out of your 21st Century window at this world that you live in.
What Is a Worldview?
The first thing you need to know about worldviews is that everyone has one. That’s right. Even people who do not even know what a worldview is – has one. You might be saying, “Ok, Zach, you made your point. Now, what is your interpretation of the term, worldview?” What matters is if you and I can agree upon a basic, working interpretation for the term worldview in order to help us to be on the same page as we continue in this post together and others to come.
There are many definitions for the term but, for our purposes in this blog post, the following definition should suffice. A worldview is how you interpret the things you see out your window. Think of your window as a pair of glasses. Imagine that these glasses color what you see – which determines how you comprehend what it is that you see. Each worldview comes with its own, different pair of glasses.
Remember the definition of what I see from my office window as I am writing this post? What happened when I removed my glasses? I saw differently and I had to interpret what I saw differently, didn’t I? Now, if I had looked out of my window in the beginning without my glasses, do you think when I put them back on and looked again—perhaps I would have a different viewpoint (worldview) of what I was looking at?
Certainly I would! I would be seeing the scene out my window from a different perspective (worldview)!
That presents the definition that we will use in this post and for several posts to come on this topic. Let me now present to you the different worldviews that we will be considering for the next few blog posts. I will now present them below. In each future blog, we will consider each one of these 7 worldviews in more detail and bring several subsets into the mix as well.
Let’s look below at these worldviews now.
- Secular Humanism
- Cosmic Humanist –
- Post-Modernism —
- New Age –
- Islam –
- Christianity –
Are there other worldviews out there? To be sure, yes. We will cover others as we go along. These 7 major worldviews will provide the fodder we need in order to take a close look at worldviews in the 21st century and how they play out in vision casting for the rest of this century and beyond.
That’s it for this post and I look forward in interacting with you next time. For now, look over the question below and please comment on it. This will help direct the direction of future blogs as well as help guide the formation of the book, 21st Century Confusion: Finding Your Path to Hope and Purpose.
Question: What current worldviews do you feel are having the most effect in politics, ethics, education, and leisure today?