The Echoes of the Mind (94) Worldview


The theological worldview is the idea that the world and everything in it has a good and indubitable meaning. Since our earthly existence has in itself a very doubtful meaning, it follows directly that it can only be a means toward the goal of another existence. That idea that everything in the world has a meaning is perfectly analogous to the principle that everything has a cause, on which the whole of science rests. ~ Austrian logician Kurt Gödel

One’s worldview is the overarching umbrella of self-conception under which are compartmentalized beliefs about specific types of objects, such as the different personalities of people: stereotyping.

A worldview stems from a few conceptualizations, woven together into a belief system. These conceptualizations are: 1) the nature of humans, 2) the natural order, especially the station of humans within Nature, and 3) the essence of existence.

The emotional constitution of a person orients one’s worldview. Fear of uncertainty paves the road of conservatism, while empathy imbues a liberal sentiment.

The more fear a youngster has, the more conservative that person will grow up to be. It is easy to see that parental upbringing therefore has a lot to do with the political orientation of offspring.

Whereas the mind holds one’s psychology, there are often physiological correlates. The fear center of the brain – the amygdala – is larger in conservatives than in liberals.

When adult liberals experience physical threat their social and political attitudes become more conservative, temporarily. Conversely, when conservatives imagine themselves to be completely physically safe, they become more liberal, at least for a spell. This illustrates how easily imagination influences psychology.

People invariably build belief systems and worldviews based upon selective uptake. Facts which don’t fit are cast aside, while confirmation is embraced. This stems from the subconscious mental sorting process of identification or condemnation.