Cultivate a Worldview

5 Mar

How does one find a world perspective with as little bias as possible? That is, the most in touch facts on what is actually going on, in a way that is personally useful and universally communicable. Having a “big picture” is our responsibility as informed citizens.

Picture for a moment the world- as you know it: we are a part. In scope and color and senses it’s far beyond anything the mind can hope to take in its full form. So we pare things down: into words, for example. You get enough of a vocabulary together, and it becomes a more coherent picture: culture, economics, relationships, responsibility… a worldview.

I have been keeping my eyes open for this multidisciplinary perspective for some time, until I think I have a pretty good idea of how things work. I don’t have any unique sources on these categories [unless my post makes me a source?], but if you want my opinion here are some of the better choices you have… the “isms” you might identify with:

a. Historical materialism.
An objective analysis. The cause and solution to all problems lies in the flows of goods and materials and ideas throughout history.

b. Evolutionary history-
Humans have always been tinkerers to push the limits of technology. Our ability to manipulate the future could lead to our downfall.

c. Economic imperialism-.-aka Dependency theory
The institution is built to favor the rich: free trade, politics and business only makes the rich richer and the poor poorer.
a. Social change: these institutions should be honest and for the people.

d. Anthropocentric: People are the center, and our rights and interactions come first. The big historically dominant worldviews.
-Business:The services and skills necessary to succeed. [stay alive]
-Politics- power players and alliances negotiate the practicals to make everyone better off.
-Religion- The life purpose of the race of man is to bring greater glory to God.

f. Organic farming worldview: The world is made of flexible systems to be manipulated and changed.
-Natural systems/human ecology: humans are subject to the same laws and constraints as nature, and should be governed thus within its limits.
-Ecological Economics: [see next post!]

h. The world here and now:: Some people, for power of will or disbelief or personality, prefer to see life from their role in it. This is a great gift, but I also have great fear in following a media-controlled culture. If this is you, just be sure to get above the marketing please 😉

May the best worldview win in this changing time and age that we find ourselves in.
-Eddie Miller
Social Entrepreneur, Organic farmer


4 Responses to “Cultivate a Worldview”

  1. Edward D. Miller March 5, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    2 more important isms that will hopefully ‘win out’:
    1. ACTIVISM- we should all commit to doing our part to help our biome evolve to have more health and wellness. Instead of cynicism, negativism, powerlessness and hopelessness, we need to choose personal, social, political and environmental activism to “make a difference”, to take responsibility to guide our civilization forward. “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” -Eldridge Cleaver

    2. IDEALISM- we should nourish the crucial part of our nature to strive to attain high moral ideals- kindness, altruism, generosity, compassion, acceptance, tolerance, forgiveness, respect, gratefulness, etc. If we choose to keep our own idealism alive and vibrant, we will be good examples for others.

  2. eddiemill March 8, 2009 at 3:08 am #

    Yep- thought of those two. ACTIVISM is the logical extension of “social change” listed there. I think that OPTIMISM/PESSIMISM and IDEALISM like you mentioned should be something we cultivate personally, but is just a function of how in touch you are with what’s going on, and your surroundings+news source.

    Thanks for the comment!


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