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1. What is a “worldview”, or more specifically, a weltanschauung?
“A world view (or worldview) is the fundamental cognitive orientation of an individual or society encompassing the entirety of the individual or society’s knowledge and point-of-view, including natural philosophy; fundamental, existential, and normative postulates; or themes, values, emotions, and ethics.” (Wiki)
2. How much does a worldview shape reality?
Here’s Richard Tarnas from Cosmos and Psyche:
“Our world view is not simply the way we look at the world. It reaches inward to constitute our innermost being, and outward to constitute the world. It mirrors but also reinforces and even forges the structures, armorings, and possibilities of our interior life. It deeply configures our psychic and somatic experience, the patterns of our sensing, knowing, and interacting with the world. No less potently, our world view – our beliefs and theories, our maps, our metaphors, our myths, our interpretive assumptions – constellates our outer reality, shaping and working the world’s malleable potentials in a thousand ways of subtly reciprocal interaction.
Worldviews create worlds.”
3. What power does a shift in worldview have to shift reality?
“A change of world view not only brings about profound cultural changes, but also is responsible for what historians call a “change of age.” An age is a period of time in which the prevailing world view has remained relatively unchanged.” (Russell L Ackoff)
4. This is why I am so passionate about the definition of and discipline in the propagating of a new worldview. And one that is distinct from and informed by the dominant worldview that has created the current world, which is inarguably, moving towards destruction of the ecosystem rather than toward the integration of our society and its systems in a synergistic relationship to the ecosystem.
And that is a worldview in which the observer is at the center of the material plane.
And thus, the Earth is the center of our new cosmic model. It is, as my good and brilliant friend David McConville explains, “the ecological center of the universe.”
And this is a bigger and more revolutionary and more potentially destiny-altering paradigmatic shift than the Copernican revolution of the 16th century.
Workdviews create worlds.
5. I don’t think this happens through writing, per se. I don’t think this happens through dialectical speech, even. But through ritual.
For, as Buckminster Fuller said, “for philosophy to be useful it has to be mechanically applied.”
6. And I am increasingly feeling that it is all I want to devote my life to…