MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Comments: 12
Article views: 194
Latest Badges:

View all bleu2013's badges.

The Definitions and exploration of a worldview (yes, we all have one)

23 December 2013, 07:21

 A revised concise definition of a worldview is ‘the set of beliefs about fundamental aspects of Reality that ground and influence all one’s perceiving, thinking, knowing, and doing.

In simpler terms, this is our explanation and interpretation of the world we live in; we use it as a yardstick in attempting to understand the complex geo-political, philosophical, scientific and religious aspects of contemporary life.  Of course this also includes those who don’t subscribe to any religious belief, their non-belief being factored into their worldview, the physical (world) being the only evidence for them in the absence of the transcendent,  or  entertaining the  possibility that we might inhabit a type of simulated  reality,( a matrix) so for them  philosophy and its abstract concepts, as well as personal morality feature as substitutes.   

Another succinct and more understandable definition is provided by Walsh and Middelton

A worldview provides a model of the world which guides its adherents in the world”   

Anyone who denies they have a worldview is naïve, and anyone who insists that it does not affect their thinking and actions, must  acknowledge  that their behavior is then  impulsive, reflexive, or emotional at best, or ignorant or irrational at worst.   

A crude form of our worldview begins in childhood, with good and bad experiences shaping it, as well as the lifestyles and examples (or lack of it) of our parents.

If one was intimidated as a child and taught that you were either going to be in control or be controlled, it would make some sense that you would choose control, and devote your life in getting and staying in charge over others. Of course this message might have also been conveyed by some hardship or experience, and this has been adopted as a coping mechanism.   


Our outlook broadens on completion of our formal education, with new experiences and perceptions added to the mix along the way. 

In adulthood, our beliefs are predominately determined by those who control our access to information, such as learning institutions and especially the media. Our worldview is then shaped by our favorite news channel or newspaper, where a simplified reality is presented, as well as defining  who constitutes the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ guys on the world stage, without there ever being any grey areas in between.

It’s no wonder therefore that our worldview can become one dimensional with truth being the casualty.

The bald-faced lie the media presents as being merely a mirror that reflects and represents society, instead of actually dictating and disseminating its values, and being the sole custodian of information via its economic and political control system.

 Of course it’s possible for those of a religious persuasion to share a particular geopolitical worldview with others who do not subscribe to any beliefs, or with those of another religious belief system, as realpolitik then becomes the common denominator.  The same can apply to scientific worldviews. So we can share views of the world and its systems without sharing a religious framework. 

 The point of departure then is between philosophies versus religions.

  Of course our worldview can also be diametrically opposed as well.

A prevailing worldview of the 21st century is one in which war is considered viable, not to mention profitable and necessary, as well as for strategic  self -interest  purposes,  that starvation is inevitable for some, and it is acceptable for a minority to tax and control others against their will.  

It is also necessary to consider the motivation and funding sources of those who shape our worldview, be they news sources, role models, scientific and religious organizations, employers, schools etc.

Vested interests play a vital role in this phenomenon.

 People can and do change their worldviews, as they become more aware of reality, mainly through observation and research or through an unexplained  prompting to examine reality, which leads one to  the same conclusions.

Here are some interesting questions to consider in creating a personal profile in attempting discovering one’s worldview.

Who am I?

Where does my consciousness arise from?

Can I think for myself and trust my direct experience or knowledge

What gives meaning to my existence? 

 What is my purpose and the purpose of life?

What are basic human rights?

What is freedom?

Which is more primary in finding our way, the rights of the individual or the opinion of the majority.

Is our reality bounded or open?

Is the universe basically trustworthy or not

Is there such a thing as good and evil?

What is integrity, and does it matter to the quality of life  


There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy

Shakespeare, Hamlet

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Narian Chengiah Naidoo
A Civilized Society

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. said, "Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society." Those words carry value and meaning only if "civilized" is understood as being good, happy and beneficial to all citizens. Read more...

3 comments 134 views
Submitted by
Rodney Bevan
SA under Zuma

Jacob Zuma, along with a handful of cronies has single handedly almost destroyed the country, its people and its economy. Read more...

24 comments 1480 views
Submitted by
The Fox 5366
Illegal Miners: Voiceless Prostit...

There's been a lot said about legalising prostitution so that prostitutes can be protected, receive healthcare and not be victimised. Read more...

9 comments 358 views
Submitted by
siphokuhle dludla
The real South Africa today

Truth be told, South Africa is a country with palpable inequalities, which is a fact, it is a country where poverty continues to lacerate a huge number of our population particularly black people. Read more...

13 comments 651 views
Submitted by
The ANC constitution does not off...

The official ANC constitution does not forbid or punish corruption. The term corruption is not listed or defined as a key term in the latest version of the official constitution of the ANC. Read more...

4 comments 373 views
Submitted by
LeboDang Macman
Why using race as a proxy doesnt ...

I am not an academic nor do I profess to be, so everything I write will be based purely on experience. Read more...

11 comments 529 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now! - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25



E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

Digital Media & Marketing Association
© 2014 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.