Key Thought for this session:
“If any outcome of life is acceptable to me, then any path will get me there.”
Up until now we have gained an understanding of worldview by discussing the definition of worldview, exploring what makes up an abundant and virtuous life, and then seeing how you live life both in community and as an individual. Building on these insights, let’s explore how your view of truth, knowledge, and faith impacts the quality of your life.
This session is titled: “Which way is up?” It’s a question that captures a very simple but profound dilemma for each of us. We ended the last session by recognizing that there are many voices that attempt to influence us as we make life decisions. And we have seen that whatever our worldviews are, they will determine what choices we make. So, it is VERY important for us to make informed wise choices about the worldviews (and core assumptions) we allow to form in us. This leads us to questions like: Which way do we go? What path do we take? Everyone seems to have a different opinion. Which one is right? How do I know? Are they all right, so any path is fine to take?
It’s fairly common for people to just float through life because deciding which path to take can be challenging. If you are of the opinion that it really doesn’t matter, or that any worldview is as good as another, then basically you are holding to a principle which says:
This opinion is actually so common that we will use it as the memory principle, to be examined in this session, even though it is stated here with a tinge of sarcasm. Do any of us REALLY not care about how our life turns out? Is it crazy to think we can take ANY path? Does anyone really believe ANY path will get them to experience a life they would want? The only way this would be true is if they really don’t care what happens to them. So, again:
Here is a simple question I would like for you to answer for me.
Which color do you like most? A, blue, B red, C green, D orange, or E black?