A Call To Think
You might be scared of death, but I’m more concerned with not living. I won’t settle for living a mindless life, and you shouldn’t either. We often do settle, however, and I want to help change that. It will start by first understanding what a worldview is.
Worldview is a term that helps describe the way in which individuals view and interact with the world around them. It is the philosophical lens through which everything is seen, and thus is used to answer life’s big questions. Questions of where we came from and where we are headed after death. Questions of why we are even on this earth, and how we are to behave while we’re here.
Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias, highlights four main categories of questions that a comprehensive worldview should provide answers within.
The first category is that of origin. A worldview must have an answer for where we as human beings came from. It is one thing to say that you came from your mother’s womb, but where did she come from. And where did the first-ever human being come from? This is the question of origin.
The second category is that of meaning. Are we as humans simply ‘wandering aimlessly’ around the earth (and beyond now in our fancy spacecraft) only to die one day. Sure, we might say that we are making the world a better place for future generations, but aren’t they too simply going to die at the end of their toils? What is it that gives what we do each day purpose? This is the question of meaning.
The third category is that of morality. You make choices every day, some of which you would categorize as ‘good’ and others as ‘bad’. You would probably say that it is ‘bad’ to make fun of your boss’ new hair cut and hopefully you do not do so. But what about what I consider the more serious choices? Is it ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’ to blow up a hospital filled with patients and newborn children? I would argue that somewhere inside, we all have the correct answer to that question (which is a topic we can further investigate later). But where does that come from? What defines ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ and differentiates ‘good’ from ‘bad’? This is the question of morality.
Finally, the fourth category is that of destiny. What happens when we die? Do we decompose and that’s it, or is there an afterlife? And if there is an afterlife, is there such a thing as heaven and hell? Where are we ultimately headed? This is the question of destiny.
Now I ask… if you have not answered these questions for yourself, can there be anything more important? How can you live life if you don’t know why you ought to be doing certain things or not doing others? If you have not stopped to answer these questions, do you really know where you came from? Where you are headed?? Who you are???
Given the importance of taking the time to answer these questions, it astounds me that many people simply don’t. I see two main reasons for why this is the case, and they are somewhat related.
The first is because we are all so busy! Busy doing what you ask? Busy playing and watching sports. Busy getting an education and a job so we can be busy buying a new car and house. Busy trying to relax.
I said previously that the two reasons were somewhat related. The second reason why so many people don’t take the time to answer the questions is because they are scared of the answers they will find or have glanced at the answers and do not like what they have seen. They don’t want to feel condemned if how they are living now turns out to be ‘wrong’. Additionally, people like the way their unquestioned morality allows them to live and don’t want to change, making it hard to accept that the morality they have been espousing all along might actually be wrong. Therefore, intentionally or possibly even subconsciously, people make sure they are always too busy or consumed in something else to give the questions any time. ‘I need to schedule just one more meeting’… or ‘I must watch every episode of that new show on Netflix.’ We continue on our busy pursuits, seeking contentment and gratification, ignoring altogether the questions that can lead to coherence and the true place of fulfillment.
I want to close now by quoting my good friend Dan’s motto… “Think as much as possible”. It is a motto inspired by the power of pausing and using your brain. I am calling you to join me in exploring that power. Intentionally set aside time to ask the big questions in life, and be courageous and determined enough to find the answers.