Class Discussion: Worldviews and Dilemmas – We are the same, yet we are not the same

How we think affects our experiences in life--for better or for worse.

In my Personal Ethics in Organizations class this week, we are discussing worldviews and dilemmas using the characters of the play “Doubt: A Parable” by John Patrick Shanley. We had to read the play, and then respond to thought-provoking questions presented by our instructor.

The part of the question that I thought was most interesting:

Each of the characters in Shanley‘s play, DOUBT, a parable, is involved in a moral dilemma. Presumably, each of these characters shares a Christian worldview . Do they define their dilemmas differently? Do they choose different relevant facts based on their Worldviews? What is a “Worldview?” Describe some key aspects of your own Worldview.”

My response:

One of the first classes I took was about inter-cultural communication, and how values and norms affect an individuals’ perception of the world; otherwise known as their, “worldview.” Even when two individuals share the same religious backgrounds, there can still be cultural clashes because every family has their own unique traditions and beliefs that come from more than just their spiritual background. The worldviews of each character in the play were very different and evident in the way they behaved, and responded to circumstances.

What kind of person would create lies to support their assumption of the truth without making certain that what they are assuming is true? What kind of person would stand there knowing full well that the other person was lying to justify their suspicion and assumptions. How does a man respond to one who blatantly slanders him? How people respond comes from their sense of right and wrong, which comes from their belief of how things should be. This perception of life comes from experiential conditioning since birth. We are all products of familiy traditions and beliefs passed down through the generations, as well as the good and bad we experience in life. It would make sense that a dilemma occurs when a person encounters a situation that does not align with their established worldviews, values, and norms. Therefore, there is a moment of not knowing what to think. Some may begin to doubt and question their beliefs; perhaps use critical thinking to take the situation apart and make sense of each element within the situation.

However, there are those who never learn from their mistakes and who are not open to questioning the “way things should be.” For me, doubt is the beginning of new knowledge because without doubt, there would be no inclination to search for the truth.”

Now, here are a couple of questions for you–my valued readers:

What worldviews do you have that are holding you back from achieving the transformation you so desire and deserve in your life?

What do you intend to do in order to close the gap that keeps you from realizing your full potential and personal fulfillment?

Things do not happen by themselves. It takes a dedicated and determined effort to figure out and take the necessary steps towards your desired destination in life. Someone will not deliver it to you on a silver platter. However, you can find people who will support you in your quest. Your vision of life will not happen until you first know what you want, figure out what it will take to get there, take that very first step, and then follow through all the way.

Take destiny into your hands and be the co-creator of your own future and vision of life. Go to the grave knowing that you did all you could do to detect and accomplish your mission and purpose in life–for when you do, you will have lived your life to its fullest potential with NO regrets.

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