There is a phrase; “seeing the world though rose colored glasses”. In short, it means adopting a view of the world that is filtered by your never failing optimism. In this view of the world (or worldview) even big problems look like opportunities and people who’ve wronged you can still be evaluated for what’s best about them.
Everyone has a set of filters that they use when looking at the world. These filters come from many sources:
- What our parents taught us
- What we saw our parents (and friends) actually do
- Our own experiences, especially the ones that caused us pain or sorrow
- Expressed opinions from coaches, mentors, youth programs, school teachers, etc.
- Sermons, Sunday School, Catechism classes, reading the Bible, vacation bible school programs, youth group meetings, etc.
Some of us don’t even recognize that we have adopted these filters over time, based on upbringing, tradition or community involvement. Others craft their filters based on urgently held beliefs – whether political, social, or faith-based.
The real challenge to consider is this: how do I know my filters are correct, accurate, or helpful?
- Is my definition of worldview based solely on my own experiences? If so, how much context do I really have, or need to have, in order to fully validate that my filters are reasonable? Would a world traveler with a PhD have better filters than me simply because he or she has had more experiences than I have had in the twenty miles of territory that I’ve surveyed?
- If I incorporate science teachings into my worldview, a similar question exists – can I EVER accumulate enough knowledge or understanding to “have arrived” at a fully qualified plateau of wisdom and insight?
- How about my incorporation of faith practice – am I limited by my own limited understanding of God and His plan for my life?
If I lack a complete understanding of the natural world, how it works and who created it, does that stop me from publishing (and updating) my worldview? No, but it will continue to evolve over time.
Lord Baden Powell offered this comment on developing world view from his “Aids to Scoutmastership”, published in 1919;
Development of outlook naturally begins with a respect for God, which we may best term “Reverence.” Reverence to God and reverence for one’s neighbor and reverence for oneself as a servant of God, is the basis of every form of religion.
Could it be that his phrase “development of outlook” was an early way of describing what we might call “worldview”?
BP also offered this quote for us to ponder:
The atheists….maintain that a religion that has to be learnt from books written by men cannot be a true one. But they don’t seem to see that besides printed books….God has given us as one step the great Book of Nature to read; and they cannot say that there is untruth there – the facts stand before them….I do not suggest Nature Study as a form of worship or as a substitute for religion, but I advocate the understanding of Nature as a step, in certain cases, towards gaining religion. – BP from “Rovering To Success”, 1930
- “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.” – Psalm 19:1 (NASB)
- “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” – Romans 1:18-20 (NASB)
Recognizing that there is a supreme being who created us all in His image ought to be awe inspiring. It would serve to help us recognize that we are not the center of the universe, but merely created beings – created with purpose and a plan as part of a higher design.
What is the organizational world view of Trail Life USA? It’s clearly outlined in the section of our web site labeled “Who We Are”. It includes a statement of faith, statement of values, and membership standards. The worldview is also found by:
- Looking at the posts of recent outings, trips and adventures
- Listening to the dialog between leaders and young men who are learning how to tie knots, camp safely, and revere God while surrounded by His creation.
- Recognizing the growth of boys into young men as they walk the trail towards adulthood
Please take time to get to know us. We’d like to share our vision for outdoor adventure, selfless service and youth leadership development. “Honoring our Legacy, Raising our Standard”