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Worldview Series.1 Tragedy of Modern Man

“The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less.”              Vaclev Havel

Is Havel correct? Perhaps. Many of us pay attention only to ourselves. This mode of thinking is ignorant of reality, since there are over 6 billion people in the world. Furthermore, self-focus appears to be void of true exploration and evaluation when it comes to the probing questions about reality — who or what self is, what is good for self, and how does self know? The meaning of our own life may be a watered down existence that’s without applicable truth from which to govern how we live. Phillips, Brown, and Stonestreet describes it this way:

            There is a crisis in worldview thinking.  On the personal level there is great neglect. The average person forges ahead in life giving little thought to worldviews, philosophies of life, or any other such “intellectual” endeavors.  The compartmentalization of life and thought have resulted in the fragmentation of everything from education to entertainment.[1]

Many in American culture engage in a backward trend — from the pursuit of excellence in thoughts and ideas — to not thinking at all. A lesser flow of ideas puts our continuing intellectual history in jeopardy. So engrossed in our own little worlds, we take no time to activate our minds for the development of a larger, more comprehensive view of the world — looking inwardly to self, instead of looking out into the world through an active, knowing, interpretive grid that has been tested, and deemed a true and good view of reality.

Therefore, many Americans have chosen not to explore, recognize, speak about, or live by an informed view of the world.  But what about a frame of reference? Havel speaks of this as being neglect. As I’m sure you’ve already guessed, I’m talking about the development of a worldview.

Just like any other compelling new word, the term worldview has begun to show signs of misuse and misinterpretation. For example, Del Tackett, president of the Focus Leadership Institute, in his article Why Is a Christian Worldview Important ( wrote: “I have heard people use … [worldview] as a synonym for personality, as in ‘She has such a delightful worldview.’ You have undoubtedly heard it [the term worldview] — maybe even used it. But do you know what it means?”[2]

Don’t you think we owe it to ourselves to discover a worldview that’s compatible with our deepest self, thoughts, and faith?

Let’s talk about it … and God bless

[1] W. Gary Phillips, William E. Brown, and John Stonestreet, Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview 2nd ed. (Salem, WI:  Sheffield Publishing Company, 2008) 19.


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