Worldview Essay

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Shelby Shotts
CWV 101
3-26-12
Todd Forest

My Personal Worldview
When a person is trying to decide on how their worldview affects their life, one must first decide on which components comprise their worldview and why. The three components that make up my worldview are knowledge, human nature, and ethics, because they shaped my thoughts, experiences, education, and life decisions. I feel it is important to understand why these components have such lasting effects on my life and worldview. When we look at knowledge, we are able to see that it is much more than just being taught, rather it is the wisdom to know to learn. Onlinedictionary.com defines wisdom as, knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to actions, sagacity, discernment, or insight. Insight is developed from experiences, and these experiences allow us to give just judgment. Without knowledge or experience judgment would just be ignorant. I feel as though as people, we must expose ourselves to different lands, cultures, and people in order to be better-rounded and gain insight. Knowledge has been the cornerstone to my decision-making and has allowed me to make better, more educated decisions about my worldview, and those of others. In order to understand why people make the decisions they do, we must also have knowledge of human nature. Human nature is, but not limited to, instinctive actions and behaviors. The big question is why we do what we do when we do it. Is everything innate in us, or has it been taught? Knowledge helps us to know when we are acting on instinct, and when we are exercising taught behaviors. Cosgrove asks, “Are we fallen beings with sin natures? Or are we ascending sociological gene carriers…” My question is, why can we not be both? In Christianity, it is believed that we are born with natural sin, yet we are able to overcome this by making the proper decisions on how to live and behave. Different elements can also have an effect on our natures. I...
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