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For the Philosophical Side

Define worldview:
1. A world view is a set of pre-suppositions (assumptions which are not necessarily true, partially true or entirely false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic make-up of our world.

2. The overall perspective as seen by a group or individual from which the world is seen or interpreted.
3. An individual’s collection of beliefs about life and the universe held by an individual or a group.

We are asked to write on five different worldviews and major points of each. There are, of course, several other worldviews than those five. However, the top five major worldviews are Naturalism, Pantheism, Theism, Spiritism/Polytheism and Postmodernism. Each of these has their own sub-worldview categories; Naturalists have the atheist, the agnostic and the existentialist; Pantheism harbors the Tao and Buddhist followers; Muslims, Christians and Jews belong to the category of Theism; thousands of religious views such as Wiccan, those of the American Indian and any other tribal race fall under the category of Spiritism/Polytheism. Finally, most of the rest of earth’s inhabitants take on the worldview of Postmodernism.
For Naturalism, the belief is that everything can be explained on the basis of natural law and all that is incorporated within is one-dimensional. The belief is that all life is a process of evolution. The truth is based purely on scientific proof. All values and morals are subject to that same evolutionary process.
Under the views of Pantheism, reality is seen as false and only the spiritual realm exists in ultimate truth. God is a part of everything and everything is a part of God. Individuality is seen as the artifice. Rationalism has no meaning in Pantheistic belief. Therefore, there is no distinction between good and evil in moral conduct, only in being enlightened or unenlightened to the truth of the unity of the universe.
In Theism there is created by a singular god both material and spiritual worlds. All human creation is made in the image of that god and receives truth through revelation combined with natural senses and rationalism. Morals exist as mirrored through the moral character of the god who created them.
Spiritism and Polytheism hold the belief that there are many gods and spirits and/or demons that are responsible for creation and all that goes on in the world. All natural things have a spirit or a god assigned to them. Truth can be discovered about the natural world through the “shaman” (also known in some tribes as “medicine man”) who has visions of the spirit world, telling of what the gods and demons are doing and how they feel towards their creation’s actions. Any moral values are seen as a type of taboo where the individual is not to anger or disturb the spirits in attempt to live along in harmony.
Postmodernism is the last of the five major worldviews and as mentioned before is the view outside of the top four that belongs to the majority of individuals in current times and also has the capacity to intertwine with any of the other worldviews presently held. It exists to undermine the “traditional” worldviews by gaining footing in some of the most common and putting a skeptical spin on them. All of reality is understood through language and cultural archetype. Therefore, reality is communally fabricated. Individuals are just a product of their social situations or venues. The idea that they are self-governing and free is seen as myth and truth only acquires its nature through relatable and comparable pattern. Morals follow suit in that they are also a part of the paradigm of social constructs. All freedom of expression in any form, including owning up to not having the answers to life’s questions, is universal value.
Within all five worldviews is found the stem questions of “Who am I?” and “What is my purpose?” Finding to which worldview you belong is one more way that humans compartmentalize themselves. Sticking the defining label across the forehead of our souls in some way makes us feel better, accepted and being a part of something greater than the loneliness we run from in the quest for our freedom as an individual. We all long to be free and considered unique, yet we are eager to be considered as belonging under a certain category of like believers. As contradicting as this sounds, it proves the last worldview as having that footing in the other five viewpoints, constructing social pattern.

As for my favorite definition of a worldview, I think I will have to go with the Webster’s definition on this. It would be:

A framework of ideas and beliefs through which an individual interprets the world and interacts in it.

I think what I like most about it is that it defines the worldview as a
“framework”. I am an artist and know that framing a piece of art is just
as important as the art itself; however, it always remains that what
lies within the framework is the most important.  So the question then
lies with what is within us, what are we made of that is consistent with
and connected to our framework?  Our worldview does not make us. We
make the worldview.

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  1. February 24, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Very interesting, i’m a naturalist……yet a fully clothed one! It certainly helps to understand where your view or world view sits in the bigger picture, but as long as we respect others for their opinion it shouldn’t be a big issue.
    Unfortunately the nature of understanding oneself is emotive and often leads to bigotry, after how can someone have a different view to you and still be right? That is the question that causes all the problems.
    Maybe we should understand that life is different to all and there lies its beauty!
    Respect and Peace!

  2. March 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    yes,..it is a good question that causes problems…and yes,…in the realization there is beauty!

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