What is peace? Is it just the absence of chaos? Assuming there is more to peace than “not chaos”, what are its facets? If one feels peaceful, from whence does that feeling originate? Let’s look at some possibilities and see where worldview becomes important.
Purity runs the gamut from the physical to the metaphysical – from the personal to the impersonal. Herein, I will limit the discussion to the positive, e.g. pure good as opposed to pure evil. Physically or chemically speaking, were are talking about something that is unadulterated or uncontaminated, i.e. a single substance, without reference to its utility. Metaphysically, were dealing with the honorable, wholesome, moral, undistracted, etc. In between, the chemical and the metaphysical are the outcomes or actions that are produced.
What is character? Herein, I will limit the conversation to that intrinsic attribute, that sense of something inherently good about one’s persona. This is in contrast to the expression of someone or something, such as the characteristics of a mob, or analogously, just being a “character”.
Where does one’s character originate? Are we born with it or is it acquired? Perhaps,
Considering the vastness of the universe, why do I exist at this time in history? Is there some aspect of design associated with not only myself, but with both the people and places with which I interact? How will those interactions shape our future?
As one begins to ponder, “why me” or “why am I here”, he is beginning the design of his worldview.
When one has an internal sense of something, what is happening – what’s going on in the space between the molecules? If the human soul is comprised of the mind, will and emotion and the conscience is part of one’s spirit, it seems likely that this sensing is found among these four elements. Though at some level, biochemistry is involved, the sense, the thought, the idea, the longing, the emptiness is clearly metaphysical, but nonetheless real. This sense, however, does not obviate the potential for the biological (physical) expressions thereof. How one processes and reacts to these feelings is clearly a function of one’s worldview.
What do we think about our employment? Is it something we have to do to fund our enjoyment or is it something we would do for any reasonable compensation because it brings us joy? Assuming there is some income associated with that work, what does one do with it? Let’s look at the various aspects of work in more detail, and how one’s worldview impacts that work and its outcomes.
Nature gets lots of press these days – laws of nature, human nature, natural foods, , natural resources, natural selection, et. al. We’ll talk about these and one more – “mother nature”. Here’s an interesting thought to ponder as you read on – are we part of nature or do we just exist in it? Once again, we’ll see how our worldview matters.
It’s an interesting question –what is the origin of the information that leads to knowledge and understanding? Once we acquire it, does that make us wise? Is one’s worldview a function of thinking about that information in a way that shapes ones movement through life? It seems logical that information leads to knowledge which may result in understanding and, ultimately, wisdom. Let’s explore these elements in more detail.
Well, I’m running out of time, so maybe if I write faster about it, I’ll find additional time – perhaps I need to eat more bananas, too (keep reading) ! Alas, time management is not today’s subject – time itself is the focus. What is it? Where did it come from – is it going to end? If this theme, existence, purpose and destiny sounds familiar, it should as we apply those questions to time.
Fossils are somewhat unique. They don’t show up a few years after you bury a pet in the backyard. You may find a bone skeleton, but not a fossil, unless the bone is replaced by minerals from the earth. These replacement processes occur by a variety of means, but they typically are coincident with a catastrophic, geological event.
In Darwin’s time, the mid 19th century, there were only a few fossils, so he was optimistic that when more were found, his hypothesis