Esteemed philosopher, Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) once said, “The mind is active in knowing.” Accordingly, our mind dictates our picture of reality. We can’t really see anything without a point of view. It’s important to develop an extensive and global view of reality. Furthermore, we see the world through our own filters of reality. For example, two people are looking at the famine in South Sudan: Through one person’s mind, filters, point of view, and their picture of reality, this person determines that the problem can’t be solved, because of corruption in the government. This person might think it’s useless to send food, because it won’t be given to those in need. They may feel just a smidgen of sympathy or none at all, because their reality doesn’t go beyond the people of Sudan to themselves, and because they don’t believe they will ever suffer from famine. They can’t put themselves in the other person’s life situation.
Through the other person’s mind, filters, point of view, and their picture of reality, this person determines that even though it’s hard to solve the problem, we must continue to send the food and pray for God’s intervention. They try to imagine what it feels like to be hungry and to watch their child die from malnutrition. Their sympathy is great. They may think that saving just one child through food drops is worth it.
Please don’t misunderstand. I’m not suggesting that all people must have the former or the latter worldview. I’m simply showing how the mind is active in different ways, depending on the person. Some people may choose not to explore, Some people may choose not to explore, recognize, speak of, or live by a worldview.
On the other hand, those of us who decide we want a true and good framework from which to govern our lives, well … it’s our responsibility to discover what that framework is all about.
Let’s talk about it … and God bless