Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science’s Greatest Idea: An Excerpt

Worldview” is a popular term these days, and for good reason. The word comes from the German Weltanschauung, and is used in common parlance to signify the framework we use to interpret the world around us. In our postmodern world, we have come to recognize just how important these interpretive frameworks are in shaping our perspectives and the perspectives of others. Some of this is a natural result of globalization and our increasing proximity to peoples and cultures that see the world through dramatically different eyes. “Why do they hate us?” asked President Bush in the week following 9/11— a question echoed on numerous magazine covers and newspaper headlines around the country and on the lips of stunned Americans who had never even considered such a thing as a worldview before. America was forced to come to terms with the fact that there were other  people who see the world through a completely different lens— a lens so different that what to us was unthinkable, to them became horribly necessary. Even within our own diverse country, it is becoming increasingly clear that the differences between us are not just surface political or religious affili-ations, they are more fundamental differences in how we interpret and experience the world around us and within us.

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