By Linda Paine, Restoring Patriotism
“Tolerance is the virtue of a man without conviction.” G. K. Chesterton
Tolerance has become like a politically correct religion, not only in America, but in free countries around the world. It seems that every aspect of life is now measured by tolerance while the virtue of using good judgment is equated with being judgmental. The result of this unfortunate trend is that our culture and our society have lost the anchors of morality and common sense. Without these virtues we have become dysfunctional and wonder why it is we continue to make the same mistakes over and over again.
We have been nudged, and at times pressured, into believing that to have a strong conviction about “anything” is to be intolerant. Little by little we have acquiesced and given up many of our strong convictions about such issues as faith, honesty, enabling, and the rule of law. Strong convictions stem from our worldview. If we don’t have a clear understanding of what our worldview is, we won’t be able to develop a strong conviction on most of the difficult issues we face in life.
Each of us has a worldview that defines and determines the way we live, though we may not recognize what it is. The media, teachers, friends, family, etc contribute to the development of our worldview. For some, their worldview is developed with great care; for others, their worldview is developed passively as they take in information without analyzing it. Either way, we all make decisions based on our worldview.
It is worth taking some time to understand what we believe and why we believe it so that we are better equipped to discuss the issues impacting our lives and our future. Understanding someone else’s worldview will help us understand the basis of their positions and create a better foundation for good communication.
The term Worldview refers to any ideology, philosophy, theology, movement or religion that helps us understand God, the world, and man’s relationship to God. A worldview contains a particular perspective regarding each of the following ten disciplines: theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, psychology, sociology, law, politics, economics, and history. Theology and philosophy especially impact one’s worldview. No discipline stands alone; they each affect all the others in some way. Some lines separating the disciplines are not as strong as others and for the most part show difference in emphasis & perspective. This relationship can be seen in the chart below.
This Worldview Chart can be found at http://www.summit.org/resources/worldview-chart