Weltanschauung (n) A comprehensive view of the world and human life. This thread is intended to encompass and examine the methods by which each of us, regardless of the places, or cultures or skin tones or belief systems we hail from, and, because of such life factors as those and countless others, we use to found, create, maintain and adapt our unique, individual views of the world around us--locally, nationally and globally. Or do most of us not think on a world level at all for being too caught up in our own backyard's existence? We can discuss both objective/ generalized, impersonal means of forming world views, as well as subjective and personal ones if so desired on an individual basis. This thread will also humbly ask respondents to discuss why, in their opinion, one means of forming a world view is better or worse than others from the standpoint of drawing conclusions after hearing about something or experiencing something first hand. The thread will then also welcome discussion of how we go about drawing conclusions about the world around us both in pure thought and associated decisions about the world and action we take in response or approach to the world around us. We can approach these subjects from any point of view desired from scientific to religious, political to cultural, life experience to assumed or consumed information or self-created knowledge or experience, philosophical to rationally opinionated. Do we form our world view strictly from personal experience? Or do we allow others to form it for us through derived assumptions we accept as fact? Are our individual fears of the world outside our relatively small interpersonal and local spheres formed from direct knowledge, inferred or informed or assumed based on the media we consume. How much actual life experience must be had in order to make our world views more real and/or valid than others? Finally, how do the methods we individually use to reach and form our world views prejudice or bias us for and against issues unfolding around us? In other words, can we know enough about the world around us at all by means of reading or watching news pieces about it, to form safe, accurate, objective, informed opinions about it or will our opinions always be the product of manipulation by intersubjective interactions or sources far outside our understanding? Where does the assumed, the imagined worldview break on the rocks of reality and become disillusionment? How do we avoid the foolishness of acting on disillusionment for assumption and gross misunderstanding of our world? What makes one method for forming our personal Weltanschauung better or more informed or rational than some other one? Does the approach matter? Is inflexible, obdurate, even opinionated or sheltered world view of higher or lesser value than the adaptable, malleable, open-minded position of the sub-final lifetime mature world view? Why? Thank you for your comments.