Worldview

I find it interesting how conversations formulate across the Internet, and the transformations they can take when opponents are either diametrically opposed to one another, or when two seemingly opposing views find a common ground and then temper back their vitriol. Sometimes, a dialog between posters will fall apart on a topic where it’s not expected; only because there exists a thin but insurmountable interpretation of the information. This is where it becomes important to understand, or at least, perceive the biased positions a person may hold; so as to avoid a stream of argumentative posts that do nothing but generate agitation. I have contemplated this many times and sat looking at the screen in frustration because I believed my reasoning was superior than my opposition’s. At its surface, I believe it’s due to an innate prideful nature that humans have. However! Just a little under the surface is a worldview that makes it practically impossible for us to get past the combative realm of a battlefield we call the Internet.

So what is my worldview? Although highly caustic in this day and age, I have a foundation built on Biblical theology and the sense that there is a Creator whose being transcends what I perceive as a finite reality (i.e. time, space and matter). I contend the Judeo-Christian worldview is the only system that can sustain reason and logic in every aspect of life. It is the only objective way of substantiating violations against humanity. The judeo-Christian worldview establishes a perimeter around objectivity and sets every individual’s questionable proclivities aside. This point can be misconstrued as a form of collectivism, but that would be an incorrect and incomplete analysis. The Judeo-Christian worldview starts by revealing our base tendencies towards a corrupted nature and inspires us to rise above it. I’m only able to recognize my faulty actions based on a moral principle that is reaffirmed through scripture. That’s why some, in this day and age, would say I’m too abrasive, mean spirited at times, and on occasion…down right combative. They are not acceptable behaviors and aspires an understanding of changes that need to be made. These behaviors are habitually formed from life experiences and frustrations; for which I contend, are a struggle. But outside of my frailties and lapses in mannerisms, the contemplations of arguments will always be driven by what I understand about the Bible in association with the world around me.

Whenever I read an article on science or view a culture’s collective norm, I build my reasoning with the understanding that if the argument is irrational from my Biblical worldview, something is wrong with the argument’s conclusion. So, why is it important to understand a person’s worldview? Because by understanding a person’s worldview you can better determine their open-mindedness and tendencies in moving a discussion. Understanding this position helps the listener/reader, not only develop clarity in a matter, but manifests boundaries that can reveal a person’s hypocritical slips from their obvious nature of reality. In my experience and opinion, around the social media realm, most people avoid grounding their position for fear of becoming cornered in a logically irrational error; because, if the person doesn’t establish what their belief system is, they can use postmodern techniques that subjugate objective realities. And of course, this dialectic quagmire can lead a person down a time consuming waste time.

A worldview is a person’s foundational belief/faith of everything around them which is protected by a metaphorical dogmatic wall–this includes people that falsely claim they have no belief system of a transcendent nature. Sometimes, you may hear a point of view on a topic, counter with a seemingly coherent rebuttal, only to be berated for your position. This revolt against a person’s position is, generally, the dissonance of worldviews which foster adhered to defensive mechanisms. Or it could be a troll not caring about the argument, just the reaction they get from people who become unhinged. Further complicating matters is not knowing when to abandon any hope of a rational dialog after a heated back-and-forth because you can’t accept not having the last word in an untenable dialog. And yes, I’m guilty of all this.

I’ve been involved in dialogs on social media for some time now. I find the most difficult and frustrating interactions are with those whose worldview has no static foundation in regards to morality, ethics, right, wrong and every other word that helps us recognize the boundaries to a topic, and what constitutes a legitimate opposing argument with supportive premises. Most of the time, arguments tend to teeter on logical fallacies; always in a constant threat of fluctuating in and out of overreaching scenarios. One minute you’re talking about the dangers of genetically modified foods and the next minute Hitler. This behavior just seems to be the sign of the times in regards to the dividing nature of a world, which is heading for global governance–the last kingdom in my humble opinion.

In what would appear to be a dwindling number, my worldview seems to be the most offensive to the world around us; so much so, as to foster clear hail-Mary attacks that are illogical on a parochial level. Does that mean I think myself a person loftier than others on a moral high ground? By no means! For me, holding a Christian worldview establishes an objective line of reasoning that exists no matter what I think or how I try to rationalize bad behavior or personal emotional rationality; it’s a static line of relevance. This also allows a challenger to question my position, which can’t be contradictory to what Christianity is. In the end, the Christian worldview is what prevents society from devolving into chaos.

About The Author

smbelow

Steve has spent most of his life working a normal 9 to 5 job. His daily habits were working within the manufacturing sector, exercising and spending time with friends in his own little part of the world. However! Once Steve relocated out of his beloved country, He became more aware of geopolitical issues and developed a keener understanding of how politics and spiritual issues transformed the United States and the world; in regards to history. Politically, he doesn't adhere to a left/right paradigm, although, he recognizes the right side of the aisle has more in common with his belief structure. Spiritually, Steve believes in God and that Jesus Christ is salvation. Steve understands he can be stubborn in his opinions, but also concedes to rational arguments that challenge his position in a matter.