What is your worldview? This sounds like a question that should have one clear answer, but it does not, at least for me. The term itself is hard to define. Is it the way you identify religiously, scientifically, philosophically or emotionally? I believe it is all of the above. A worldview is the set of deeply rooted (and often unquestioned) attitudes and beliefs on which groups and individuals base decisions and opinions, and that basically guides their lives. According to the cultural theory of risk, I would classify myself as an individualist, and according to sustainability science, I would classify myself as a postmodern idealist. However, I do not identify strongly with either classification. Ann Taves coined a term that I found best characterizes my worldview. In a podcast interview, she called herself an ‘anti-definitionist’ when it comes to defining religion for research purposes. (Worldviews and Ways of Life, 2018). I view most everything in life through a lens of experience and logic, with the assumption that as I learn and grow, my ideas will continue to evolve. I question everything, not out of skepticism, but out of the desire to form reasonable ideas and opinions. I also believe that I will never have an answer to the ‘big questions’, such as ‘Why are we here?’, and ‘What happens when you die?’.    

 Evolution and maturation of ideas are part of life. My family background is one of Christian conservatism, which as a young adult I followed unquestionably, calling it faith. As I got older and learned about different cultures, ideas and teachings, my beliefs changed slowly but dramatically. In my opinion, believing anything without question is small-minded and dangerous. This has impacted my interactions and perceptions of others in the workplace. I am much more aware of the cultural differences in communication and the way people work. When you take these things into consideration, it lessens conflict and misunderstanding. Simply being heard, valued and acknowledged can generate a willingness to compromise one’s own needs in a collaborative attempt to acknowledge and address the needs of others and the health, well-being and resilience of the system as a whole. (Wahl, D. C., Ph.D., 2017)


A look at worldviews and their role in shaping our relationship with Nature. (2017, March 20). Retrieved May 7, 2019, from https://scientiaplusconscientia.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/environment-sustainability-worldviews-relationship-nature/

Worldviews and Ways of Life [Audio blog interview]. (2018, May 21). Retrieved May 7, 2019, from https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/worldviews-and-ways-of-life/taves_-_worldviews_and_ways_of_life_1-1/

Wahl, D. C., Ph.D. (2017, July 13). Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution Requires Open-Mindedness. Retrieved May 7, 2019, from https://brewminate.com/effective-communication-and-conflict-resolution-requires-open-mindedness/