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.
Social Entrepreneur, Organic farmer