My 2 Cents
I personally feel that your worldview is very different from your worldview in childhood. As I moved from dependence to independence external forces taught me lessons about the importance of standing on my principals on things I felt were morally right and others that I needed to change to continue to grow in a positive direction. As a child I was very selfish and filtered my words and actions based on how I alone was affected.
As the world taught me the lessons of life I was forced to reflect on how my actions affected others. I learned to step back from my strong opinions and compromise to give validation to the feelings of others. My children and husband were big influences on my actions and decisions. I not only began to filter my decisions through what was best for me to what would be best for my family unit. My relationship with my parents evolved from one of commands and obeying to one of respect and admiration of dealing with adult issues. I watched adults I admired and emulated their actions to achieve similar outcomes.
Once I left my neighborhood and moved into a world where race, religions, traditions, backgrounds were very different from my own I learned how diverse the world is. As my understanding of personal relationships evolved, even in early adulthood, I became more understanding and patient of my coworkers and classmates. As I gain more education, met more diverse people, and live in different areas my worldview expands and I become a better person.
I have a hard time understanding worldviews that are very different from my own. Worldviews based solely on religion, traditions, and social classes are the ones I find most difficult. Discrimination, exclusion, and persecution upheld by scripture are the hardest for me to process. I feel that if you try hard enough you can find an easy justification for doing what you want. Many of the values we discussed in module 1 such as basic moral values and the theory of obligation are easier for me to justify. I believe that we should look at the actions displayed and try not to judge the person, because in most cases we will not fully know the full back-story. Through my daily evolution I have learned that it is almost impossible to know a person’s intentions and/or motives.
Even if I don’t agree with a person’s worldview I try not to rush to judgment. Using religious text and traditions to justify actions is a cop out and does not make the person explain the real reasons for their actions. Although our upbringing accounts for a large part of how we process situations, I also believe it is the responsibility of the individual to continue to grow, allowing for the formation of their moral center. I like for the individual to explain in some detail as to why they feel a certain way and how those opinions came to be. I usually like to hear about their upbringing (how they were raised and what their family unit looked like), what role religion play in their life and whether they blame or use it to justify negative actions, and finally listening to their personal story (how they feel about themselves and their sense of accomplishment or lack thereof). These pieces of information help me process the “why” because I feel that their actions are filtered through these individual pieces.