“Your Right And I’m Wrong?”
Ruidoso is experiencing blue skies and calm winds today. Again, I am taking in nature from my study window and actually thinking of donning my hiking clothes and boots and getting out in it! There is something about the sound of a bird’s whistle and a faint breeze bringing the scents of nature to your senses that stirs and inspires motivation!
As I focus on the task at hand, I remember a conversation I had outside Wal-Mart a couple of months ago.
He looks startled as I approach with a tract in hand. Looking from my face to my hand , he asks, “What’s that?”
“Hi, I wanted to ask you if you got one of these,” I state upfront as I offer my hand to shake in greeting.
“Whatever it is, I don’t want it,” he mutters and turns away.
“Wait!” I say as he turns back towards me and glowers. “I would love to ask you a question if you don’t mind,” I offer and wait for his reply. He looks at my hand but still does not offer his.
“Yeah?” he queries, “What kind of question?” He looks suspiciously into my eyes as I mentally calculate just how I want to proceed now that I have his attention. After a few seconds – to compose my thinking – I offer, “Do you think that you’re a good person?” He just looks quizzically at me.
“Now, what kind of a question is that to ask a stranger in the street?” he half laughs, half sneers as I respond without any hesitation, “Do you?” I wait as he appears to mull the question over in his mind – half ready to walk away but curious enough about what I am up to, asks smugly, “Of course I am, are you?”
“Because you’re wrong!” he shouts back. He is still glaring at me when I ask more softly…
We fence for awhile, back and forth, until he finally counters, “Look, truth is relative! You see things your way and I see it my way! I know you don’t think this way but we are both right,” he says in consternation and what appears to be a look of dismissal. “What I believe is right for me and I have no problem with you believing what you do, okkk?” he sarcastically states and then begins to turn away.
“Wait, just one more question,” I say, raising my voice just enough to get his attention, “Why don’t you agree with what I just stated?” I say, waiting now for his answer.
“Because you’re wrong!” he shouts back. He is still glaring at me when I ask more softly.
“So you’re right and I’m wrong? What happened to we are both subjectively right?” I finish. He begins to turn beet red as his mouth opens to make some retort. Slowly, a light seems to appear in his eyes and he closes his mouth, looks down and back to meet my eyes. He just looks at me for about 10 seconds, turns on his heel, and walks away.
- Different worldviews have different perspectives.
- Different worldviews have different lenses in the glasses.
- Different paradigms have a different focus.
All worldviews are different in most perspectives but they all have one thing in common. They have a believer who contends for them. All believe that their worldview is correct. There are some philosophical thinkers who concede that no one has a handle on absolute truth; therefore, they will allow that their belief might have flaws.
However, they hold to possibly flawed paradigms until something subjectively influences them to change. Then they will tentatively conclude that their view needs adjustment. With that being said, they only change their view in the subjective context within their own minds.
As we consider different worldviews on this blog, we will look at both secular and religious ones. We will look at the pros and the cons. We will compare and contrast. We will analyze, construct and deconstruct. Overall, we will glean a set of skills, allowing us to analyze our own, particular worldview in as unbiased a manner as we possibly can.
I look forward to this journey with you! Please consider the question below and comment on it as part of adding your focus to this post.
Until next time!
QUESTION: IN THE WORDS OF PILATE –WHAT IS TRUTH?