A Window to a World … View

Let us visit some words and ideas from Dr. Samples’ book: “A World of Difference.”  In Chapter One, the author asks “Where Do Worldviews Come From?”

“A person’s worldview orientation begins very early in life and is formed by multiple factors. These influences coalesce and have a cumulative effect in developing an individual’s broad outlook on life.”

Quoting from philosopher Patrick J. Hurley, Dr. Samples identifies that our world view comes from multiple influences, what we might call window perspectives, including :  culture, language, gender, religion, politics, and social economic status and in life later on by way of  education and experience.  However, at WindowView, the idea is to focus on sources that are what we might call ‘data.’  Data are important information points because this is foundational and often interpreted through the lens of the person viewing the data.  The result is either objective or subjective.  How do you view information?

Dr. Samples continues: “Some of these elements are more important than others. For example, religious training (or the lack thereof) has a much greater impact on shaping a basic worldview than language, gender, or economic status. In fact, throughout much of history in both the East and West, a person’s religious framework has established the very core of his broader worldview.”

“Many people, as they mature, retain the same worldview they inherited, but do so only after examining it to decide if they want to continue living according to its principles and values. Upon approaching adulthood, most young people begin to examine what they’ve been taught and then decide whether the beliefs of their upbringing are really their own or just a system on loan from their parents.“

Herein is the place where every person can take a look through what we fondly refer to as the ‘window.’  WindowView.org my seem to have a bias, but the premise is to ‘look,’ and ‘think’ about what you see.  Do this as if you have never done so before.  And in viewing, we ask you to look at data points related to the topic areas contained within the window.  Also, realize that your window is no limited, but the criteria to be applied to what ever you see is simple … take on no assumptions, look for core data and let the base of solid information speak for itself.  Let that fill your window and let that shape a worldview for you.

From Dr. Samples: “While worldview orientation is usually inherited or adopted from one’s family and culture, it can also be deliberately chosen through reflection and analysis. Thus, people may challenge their childhood influences and make a change. This alteration can obviously be significant and is referred to in philosophy as a paradigm shift. To modify the classic reflective statement by the Greek philosopher Socrates, there comes a time for some when the unexamined worldview is not worth believing and living out.

“Worldviews are often adopted first, then questioned and examined through testing, and ultimately accepted or rejected. … People, therefore, need not feel trapped by the worldviews they inherit but rather can test those life perspectives to see if they stand up to appropriate scrutiny.”

The areas of Science, Change, Harmony, and viewing a Timeline at WindowView lend an opportunity to see that these areas of information all contribute to a Convergence, a summary view, that tells each of us about a mutual future.  And that might be exactly the reason to spend time viewing and reflecting at this window.

Director, WindowView.org

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