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A worldview is a framework of beliefs, ideas, and concepts held by an individual that both consciously and subconsciously affect the way in which an individual makes sense of life and perceives the world around them. Ideally, a worldview is constructed from or with a well- reasoned framework, however this is not always the case given the vastness of existence or/and circumstances of life leaving many worldviews in a state of weak or non-existent systematics or a lack of comprehensiveness (Ryken, 2006). Many factors contribute to a worldview, however not all of them are the product of thoughtful reflection or logical inferences; A individual’s family background, life experiences, economic circumstances, educational background, nationality, language, history, and immediate circumstances are just a few of many different environmental factors that can affect a worldview outside of the prime determinates of philosophy, religion or atheism. Because a worldview by nature is a gestalt of an individual’s beliefs, thoughts, and presuppositions it is impossible to not possess a worldview. While the worldview might not be one actively reasoned and exist in the subconscious everyone possesses a set of basic beliefs about who we are, where we come from, and, where we’re going (Ryken, 2013). Again, even if an individual never truly stops and thinks about their worldview in any meaningful way they nevertheless live their life based on subconscious inference and follow their presuppositions where it may lead them, much like how a bird or salmon might not know the forces behind what causes them to travel they do so nonetheless. An individual need not be consciously following their worldview to be affected by it, as mentioned frequently it can be the subconscious. Moreover, an individual doesn’t have to be willfully submitting to their worldview as they can live their life in rebellion to their worldview. It does not change that they are in possession of one
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