I love learning, discovering new theories, trying to look at things from different angles (very difficult sometimes), to test different worldviews...and wait a minute, I just wrote worldview...but what is a worldview? it consists of what? is it something we can think of, discuss about it? change it? remove it? erase it and make another one?
Can you guess what was my first reaction after asking myself all these questions about worldviews....yes you are rigth...I went to my teenager's room and I asked him, what is a worldview?
He looked at me, first, puzzled and then, as usual, his answer came out full of wit and charm, "Am I asked what is 'my' worldview or what is 'our' worldview?
hummmmm great question....does that mean that I am not applying the rules of democracy ...I mean democracy principles, the ideals of universal freedoms, such as the right to free speech...in our home? NO, this cannot be possible ;) right??
What guides a person's decision making? This question may seem abstract and philosophical, but it is actually very practical. When decisions need to be made, are there guidelines to follow?
veryday decisions, as well as abstract and philosophical decisions, are influenced by one's worldview. For example, deciding which political party to support, choosing how to make financial decisions, and many other practical matters are decided on by one's worldview.
Most people who encounter the concept of worldview first do so during their college education. But even as adults, few people take the time to think about, examine, and identify their own worldview. Many consider the topic too heavy or too philosophical, yet whether it is perceived or not, each person has a worldview that impacts their life.
Decisions are all determined by a person's worldview. If people understand their own decision making process and can explain it, they are well on their way to understanding and articulating their worldview.
According to Nash, "It is a conceptual framework, pattern, or arrangement of a person's beliefs. The best worldviews are comprehensive, systematic, and supposedly true views of life and the world" (Nash, 1999, p. 13).
According to Sire, "A
worldview is a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially
true, or entirely false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously,
consistently or inconsistently) about the basic make-up of our world"
(Sire, 1988, p. 17).
According to Sire, "A worldview is a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true, or entirely false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic make-up of our world" (Sire, 1988, p. 17).
Many authors who write on the topic of worldview use a common analogy to explain what a worldview is and how it influences our thinking.
A worldview is like a pair of eyeglasses that influences how one sees the world. The purpose of eyeglasses, of course, is to bring the world (reality) into clearer focus. Eyeglasses should help a person see well. Some glasses change the way things appear because of colored lenses.
The origin of the prescription becomes the foundation of worldview.
Hoffecker (2007) noted that worldviews impact every area of life. "One's worldview, or world-and-life view, consists of one's most basic beliefs and framework of understanding Directly or indirectly, basic beliefs influence every dimension of human life" (p. xi).
WHAT IS YOUR WORLDVIEW? I am going to tell you about mine next time..
ave a great day!