When it comes to your worldview, a lot of factors come into play. Perhaps the most important, is your home life. No one will have nearly as much influence on you as a parent. As you grow, more factors come into play such as your education, your religion, and even the media that you surround yourself in. All the factors combine and mix to for a perfectly unique world view for every person. In this post, I’m going to use myself as an example and how a strange mix of worldviews turned my positive home life worldview into a negative one.
As I was growing up, my parents always treated me as an adult. Whenever I was playing with my friends, I would get chastised with a quick, “Stop playing around.” I felt like I could never be a kid around them. I was always expected to act like an adult, even at a young age. My parents were good parents, I’m not debating that. They didn’t coddle me or lie to me, but instead would tell me their opinion on a subject and expect me to do my own research. Needless to say, this lead to a lot of arguments whenever we would disagree with something. I don’t think they ever actually expected me to disagree with their views.
Around the age of sixteen, media became a big factor in my life as I began to surround myself in music. What you might be thinking is, shouldn’t media like television influence my worldview more than music? In my case, no. The music I began to listen to, and the music that began to make me think, was punk music. Bands like Rise Against and Bad Religion, who choose to use their music to address real issues in the world and promote change. Rise Against strongly advocates for animals rights, peoples rights, and the importance of voting and having a say in the fate of your nation. As a youth who was just choosing to research into politics, this is where I got my ideals. These bands were advocating for a better world, clearer government, and pointing out the things that were wrong with our nation.
With these thoughts in mind, I began to do my own research and develop my own ideas. Needless to say, these new ideas and views were much different than my parents. Vastly different. My parents, who grew up with a traditional christian world view still saw everything like the world was the same as it was in the 80s. Obviously, I felt like my views were more modern. I’m sure my parents would disagree, though.
So the case I’m saying is that, in my scenario, my parents promoted me to do my own research. That is a good quality to learn from home life. Media enforced the “question everything” mentality that accompanied punk music. Both of these qualities are good to have, in my opinion. NEVER should anyone just get their information from one source and accept it as fact. We live in a world that is too driven on bias and target audience. I think these two factors gave me the incentive I needed to generate my own unique opinion of our nation.
These worldviews also affect what I write and the bias behind my research. I cannot take information from just one source. I need to verify it with a opposing view to see which facts stand out. In my research, I do not just present my side of the story. At least, I try to be impartial. I’m a big fan of playing “Devil’s Advocate” with myself to ensure that whatever argument I am presenting is not completely one sided or unquestioned. I believe that this makes my research more valuable and credible.
I think my introduction to punk gave me the incentive to question things and I bring that over to my writing. It does make things more difficult, as choosing a topic to write about is more of a process, but it makes writing more interesting to me, the author.