Everyone has a worldview but not everyone is aware of it. In fact, that can be taken to mean a person may not be aware of worldview in general, but more specifically they may be oblivious to what their worldview is and how much it affects their life.
The term “worldview” may have numerous definitions but put simply, your worldview is just what it sounds like. It is how you view the world. It is your perspective, the lens through which you see issues, values, etc. and interpret them.
It shouldn’t take much to realize that how you see things affects your life beyond mere thoughts. Your thoughts, opinions, beliefs, attitudes, emotions, etc. can have a strong bearing on what you say and do, the choices you make, how you react to the world and interact with others.
Any number of factors will affect one’s worldview including environment, personal interests and biases, the degree to which one actually considers their worldview and so on. Environment alone can encompass a number of various aspects such as family, neighborhood, school, country, language and ethnic group, friends and associates and workplace.
Add to that such things as cognitive dissonance, confirmation bias, presuppositions and preconceptions, assumptions about the nature of truth (absolute or relative) and it becomes apparent a person’s worldview can be complex and deep-rooted.
This is not about facts or truth (“What is Truth?”) so much as what we do with them. If you and I have very different worldviews about abortion or gun control, for instance, we will likely subscribe to radically different approaches to how they should be addressed by society or government.
While we may be looking at the same data, our worldview shapes and colors how we see it and determines our responses accordingly. What someone may see as a lump of tissue I see as a human being; what you see as an “automatic assault weapon” I see as a decidedly normal and popular rifle with a few external modifications that may look scary but mean nothing in terms of changing the basic functionality.
However, we should note that often one does not see certain data accurately precisely because of a warped worldview. If one’s default reaction to something is to automatically deny it or launch some sort of attack on the information or the one citing it, then any sort of honest or effectual dialogue or consideration of the facts is cut short before it even has a chance.
The point here is that we are all driven by worldviews. The more we understand them (both our own worldview and those of others), the better equipped we are to navigate the issues we will face throughout our lives.
That’s what we hope to accomplish on this site. There are quite a few subjects that we encounter either personally or in the news of the day. Some may be of more interest to you than others. Whatever they are, we encourage you to consider them with an eye to what your immediate reaction may be and the value of thoughtful appraisal of your worldview and how it may need adjustment. Exposure to a variety of arguments and evidence you may not have considered may well help you grow in your understanding of these subjects and improve quality of life for you and yours.
We wish you well in your journey.