Check your Weltanschauung!

Posted: March 10, 2007 in Theo/Philo

 

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Dominic Lawson columnist for ‘The Independent‘ recently wrote an insightful article prompted by the synchronicity of the murder of a schoolboy in London and the publishing of a report that British school children are the most wretched in the world!

Larson identifies the loss of moral values as a primary cause for both events, and shows the tension between this idea and the dominant Marxist ideology as assumed by the social service agencies both in practice and in academia within the UK.

Lawson says:

‘The Marxian loathing for organised religion is more widely appreciated, partly because it was faithfully practiced by avowedly socialist governments right up to their collapse at the tail end of the last century. It was not just that Christianity represented an alternative source of belief. That alone would not have made it so subversive. It was that at the heart of Christianity is individual salvation based on the notion of personal responsibility for one’s actions. Karl Marx’s view was that we are all mere creatures of economic determinism. What we do and what we think have nothing to do with personal autonomy. We are simply cogs in a class-war machine. ‘

Worldviews such as Marxism provide the nearest thing to a ‘systematic theology’ for the Godless,guessing a ‘direction’ in a otherwise shoreless sea.

The potency of any worldview as Udo Middelman writes, is to provide ” a continuity of categories” that is a worldview must be consistent not only internally,so that there is no logical contradictions but also externally,by which we mean the world we experience correlates with our Weltanschauung,there are no tensions.

The father of the worldview is identified as Immanuel Kant, who created the term which literally  means Welt -world,schauen-to look.

Lawson pinpoints a few tensions within the Marxist worldview he says:

‘It is slightly less well known that Marx believed that the traditional family was itself an instrument of oppression, designed by the bourgeoisie to oppress both women and children: “The bourgeois sees in his wife a mere instrument of production … The bourgeois claptrap about the family and education, about the hallowed correlation between parent and child, becomes all the more disgusting”. Strangely, Karl Marx was an exemplar of the hypocrisies of the Victorian father: intermittently devoted to his many children, leaving the exhausting business of home-keeping to his long-suffering wife, while keeping a mistress on the side – the family servant, Helena Demuth.’

Lawson goes on :

‘The Soviet communists had realised that a society in which the bonds of family life were stigmatised and undermined led inexorably to an ungovernable state of social breakdown – and they were the governors now. It is unsurprising that the social scientists on Britain’s campuses – and indeed American ones – have not universally embraced the revisionism which saved the Russians from complete social breakdown. The people running such departments are very unlikely ever to be called upon to teach the worst human results of their theories. ‘

The ultimate tension arising from a disdain for family and a denial of individual responsibility, as practised by those who cling to the failed experiment that was Marxism. is not just intellectual inconsistency, but death dealing,worldviews as the twentieth century showed; kill!

Philosophy is the only unavoidable occupation,we all have a worldview, a filter as Schaeffer says through which we view the world-how do we develop it ?

Is it caught by the culture around like a common cold or do we develop and refine it through time with added thought and experience?

What effect does worldview have on epistemology ?

What ever your opinion, a persons worldview is the most important thing about them ,and yet for many I think the worldview remains largely unexamined and unacknowledged.

G.K.Chesterton expresses the importance of worldview for its potency to manipulate history:

‘But there are some people, nevertheless — and I am one of them — who think that the most practical and important thing about a man is still his view of the universe. We think that for a landlady considering a lodger, it is important to know his income, but still more important to know his philosophy. We think that for a general about to fight an enemy, it is important to know the enemy’s numbers, but still more important to know the enemy’s philosophy. We think the question is not whether the theory of the cosmos affects matters, but whether, in the long run, anything else affects them.”

Dominic Lawson says:

‘The Soviet communists had realised that a society in which the bonds of family life were stigmatised and undermined led inexorably to an ungovernable state of social breakdown – and they were the governors now. It is unsurprising that the social scientists on Britain’s campuses – and indeed American ones – have not universally embraced the revisionism which saved the Russians from complete social breakdown. ‘

When will the academics in social sciences departments wake up ?

 

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