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Humans have struggled throughout the centuries with the complexity of what we call humanity. The question of what we are as humans is a difficult one and does not have a simple answer. Our first understanding of humanity is based within framework of the worldview in which we were raised within. A worldview is not something that comes over night; it is something that surrounds you for your whole life, outlining in which the way you live. Although sometimes transparent, your worldview allows you to make decisions based on how you see the world. Many people choose to have their worldview mapped out for them through the guidelines of religion. Others, like myself base a great amount of their worldview off of the experiences they gain while they are here. It is very hard to pinpoint exactly what influences have shaped my worldview, but the what has had the most profound impact on my life are my family, friends, religion, and of course my personal experience.
In my opinion, religion or beliefs will play a huge role in your worldview. I was born into a Christian family. We all attend a small family-oriented Baptist church. Therefore, the Cristian lifestyle is all that I know. Now, in all honesty, I’m far from a saint. However, I was taught, and I believe that God is exists and that he is the sole creator of everything that exists. “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.” (John 1:1) That is biblical proof that God exists. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” (Revelation 22:13) That verse explains that God has always existed. Growing up as a child, I was at church every Sunday, spring revivals, in every ministry you could possibly think of, and helping with miscellaneous things. In short, I was very involved. So, its pretty clear that my beliefs are strong.
In my family roles were kind of mixed. My father is head of the household and the breadwinner. However, he always made time for house work that someone else may have slacked on. Every other day he vacuums no later than 9:00 am. It never fails. My mother also provided for the family financially. But she took on other responsibilities like grocery shopping and doing the laundry. As for my siblings it was only my brother and I in the house while I was still a child. In my opinion he was spoiled “because he’s a boy” as my mother would say. He really was only expected to take out the trash every now and then. On the other hand, I was automatically expected to do housework simply because “I’m a female and I need to learn how to take care of my husband. “Power in the home was obvious. My father is so respected that he holds great influence and control over the family. With that being said, I would have to say my dad’s role has had the biggest impact on my worldview to this day. My dad instilled in me many beliefs and values that he has learned and is living his life by, In the 19 years I have shared with my father, he taught me countless life lessons. The most impactful being that relationships and experience are what shape a life. The relationships that remained became stronger and more apparent. The relationships that I had lost were more appreciated and cherished. My father traveled the world for the military and built a plethora of relationships with diverse groups of people from all walks of life. He engraved an emotional expression in me to always have an attitude of acceptance and compassion towards others. Overall, my family is simple. The traditional middle class American family. We really don’t have any family myths. The only rituals we have would be customary rituals. For example, from an etic perspective, how we open one gift each on Christmas eve or how when a family member passes away we always have the repass at the house. Cookout style if the weather is warm. Growing up, rules within the family were the basic family rules. Who does what around the house, regulations the keep the children of the household safe, and even silly things like turning the water off while brushing your teeth.
The community and friends
My friends and the community I was raised in had a profound impact on the shaping of my worldview. For my entire life I have lived in a small predominantly black city. Petersburg, VA, a place where I’ve grown to know and love as my home. Living in this part of the world, I’ve learned that we as people can have a great deal of respect and acceptance towards each other. Here in the community we have a more emic perspective on culture. For example, the #BlackLivesMatter Movement. This is very important among us because it taught us how to stick together and uplift each other not only as a race but as people. This is something that has definitely rubbed off on my worldview, and I am greatly appreciative for it. My group of friends and I pride ourselves in being from the same race with similar backgrounds but are still very unique in our own ways. A saying that we live our lives by is “Loyalty to us”. This close-knit group of friends has had a major impact of what my worldview has become. In the summer of 2016 we lost one of our friends to a police brutality altercation that was out of our control. While the initial heart wrench was difficult to deal with, it brought our group friends much closer together. Therefore, I cannot stress enough the value that relationships have on someone’s life. Without them life just doesn’t have the same purpose and meaning.
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