Worldview – I attest that developing a worldview to live by increases a person’s ability to live a balance-centered life. In German, worldview is weltanschauung welt (world) + anschauung (view). At some level I assert that we all seek a great world order that gives us a safe-and-sane sense of stability. We all have an innate desire to bring order out of disorder. To live an orderly life requires some understanding of the world. At some level we search to bring order and direction to our personal and interpersonal chaos. A defined worldview allows us to live in the present and to build a solid future. It requires a worldview that starts somewhere and ends somewhere. It is a worldview that can encompass a beginning of time and accommodate its ending. A worldview requires legitimacy —> a person can honestly trust it. A well-thought out worldview entices, excites, and ignites a person. I needed to ask, “How much is a worldview a perspective on the natural world?” Is it a manifestation on how we interpret, interact, and live our lives in the natural and human worlds? I suggest that building a worldview takes a huge amount of introspection and a deep desire to understand where our life has been, how to live our life in the now, and to project where our life can go. I came to realize my worldview and philosophy had to overlap: i. e. our philosophy should proceed from and have consonance and accordance with our worldview.
In investigating the Cosmos, it is Nature that helped me develop my worldview and to answer my deep philosophical questions. My life had become an amorphous journey until I constructed a well-defined worldview. I advance the idea that without a well-thought out worldview we will aimlessly, inadvertently, discombobulately, and misdirectionally walk through life. Life can become a fool’s errand of expediency as we indiscriminately, perplexingly, and vexatiously journey through it. In our cavalier, myopic, and insouciant wandering we can easily get stranded —> we can easily get lost. Yet, a worldview for most of us has never been thought out. In my book I ask readers, “are you listening to me?, ” and people, “do you understand what I am telling you?” I am cautioning readers that you can build a worldview or a worldview will build you. It has been a daunting task to define my worldview. Initially my values and beliefs were based on childhood instruction, making them ill-considered. I unconditionally accepted childish implanted seeds related to supernatural taught worldview beliefs and cultural instructed expectations. However, once I started to truly examine some of my beliefs and expectations they became self-contradictory and unnatural. Only cognitive dissonance kept me from jettisoning them earlier in my life.
Thought out or not, stated or not, a worldview is a blueprint. We have inherited from Nature a biological DNA blueprint (recipe). My goal became one of building my own directional worldview blueprint that had Nature’s underpinnings. It required answering the questions, “Who am I,” “What am I?,” and “What do I stand for?” A worldview is a Martin Luther “here I stand” commitment that can be staunchly defended. It becomes an indispensable part of “Who am I?” It is a ballast that gives parameters, structure, and organization to help navigate life’s bumpy journey. A durable worldview is a deterrence factor for the relentless fluid times in life. It can help say, “I Am the Architect of My Life!” My worldview has become a kind of immunization, a fortification agent protecting me from unbridled self-devolutionary times. It has emboldened me to have a fastidiousness in living my philosophy and in enacting my vision, mission, and values that can set the stage for winning in life. Our actions of self-determination and self-exemplification crucially come from our worldview. A worldview depends on many variables such as genetics, personality, temperament, family upbringing, developmental history, culture of birth, and our personal and collective unconscious influences. In my book, I recommend that in considering constructing a worldview, it is a good idea to ask if your worldview comes from: 1.) a more natural acceptance, trusting, respect, and cooperation with Nature (biological inheritance), or 2.) from the views that are normative and culturally based (cultural inheritance)? In my book I state my worldview, and I give suggestions to the reader in stating theirs.