I learned a new word the other day–Weltanschauung. Obviously a German mouthful, it means “a comprehensive conception or theory of the world and the place of humanity in it, a worldview.” The word can point toward the limits of words and concepts, indeed of cognition itself.
Our worldviews govern our relationship (or lack thereof) to the Earth and to humanity. Knowing what they are, and taking a playfully serious attitude toward examining them, is therefore of the highest importance.
Most people are unaware of their worldviews, and so react from them. On the other hand when a worldview isn’t set, but is questioned and examined, it’s transformed into a growing understanding of humankind’s place on the earth and in the universe.
What used to be a philosophical exercise—the