Who am I?
What do I believe?
Where am I going?
How do I get there?
These are all questions that people ask themselves on a regular (if not daily) basis. They are ancient questions that connect us all together as we are all attempting to make sense of this life that we have received. At the root of these questions, lies one far from simple concept… our personal worldview.
Dr. Gary Collins informs us that “a worldview, according to one definition, is a set of presuppositions (or assumptions) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously) about the basic makeup of the world. This is what we really believe, whether we have thought much about it or not. These are views of life and the world that we rarely question, almost never mention to friends, and usually, ignore unless somebody disrupts what we believe by showing a different perspective.”
Everyone has a worldview. It is simply what we believe to be true about the world that we live in. As a Christian, I believe that everything that we experience in this life revolves around the person of Jesus Christ, as well as the life He lived and His teachings. This is a Christian worldview. As is mentioned in the video below, the Christian worldview falls under a larger category of Theism and the video states that there really are only six other worldviews besides this one. All other beliefs would then fall into subcategories of these seven worldviews.
Collins goes on to say that “a person’s worldview helps him or her make sense of life, choose values, decide what is right or wrong, make decisions, settle on a lifestyle, and plan for the future.”
Within this statement are many of the topics that I focus time on in this blog. We often look at future plans and lifestyle commitments. I just finished writing a book in regards to the values that we instill in our children. However, in order to take these steps, we must know who we are. We have to consider what our view of the world really is. Many of us will take years, if not decades, to ponder these questions. This will lead us to all sorts of interesting places in life and introduce us to a host of interesting people before we finally begin to put things together.
So, before we can truly know who we are, we must be able to establish what we believe. Are we here by chance? Is there a design that has placed us in the space that we inhabit? Is there a deity out there who has a plan for us that exists outside of ourselves? What are we working towards? The sooner that we come to terms with these questions, the quicker we can begin considering the earlier ones.
Life is Strange. Live it Well.