Our worldview

Our worldview is a tricky thing. It prevents us from seeing the world as it is.

Seeing is believing, they say. It cannot be truer in the case of worldview. Our eyes don’t lie but, our brains do. The inverted image that falls on our retina is the reality. But, as the image passes through our brain it is filtered through our worldview – our beliefs, biases, and prejudices. No wonder we make up our minds and take decisions by judging things through interpretation. We intentionally do this to protect our worldview and ongoing narrative.

Hence, it’s hard to change our mindset when things go against our narratives. This fixed mindset attitude prevents us from seeing patterns, opportunities, and possibilities in the world.

From an evolutionary perspective, change signifies fear and fear implies danger and death. This narrative, controlled by our amygdala, kept our ancestors alive in the wild. Unfortunately, even though we are way past the hunter-gatherer phase, the amygdala persists, misguiding us to interpret change and resistance as danger and death causing us to have a fixed mindset on things.

We must rewire ourselves to be naive, naive enough to see the world as it is. Our brain can act as a self-sabotaging device preventing us from leading a healthy peaceful life. Being aware of this fact is the first step towards rewiring ourselves.

For some reason, the concept of worldview reminds me of the Malayalam poem, Kannada by Murugan Kaattakkada. The first few lines go like this (English translation):

Everyone suffers from cataract,

Tired of seeing the blurred images,

All of us need new lenses.