“What is the difference between a world view and an agenda?”
[Originally published on MySpace on May 6, 2010.]
What is the difference between a world view and an agenda?
A world view is system of knowing that allows you to notice, identify and make comparisons between all kinds of different cool (and not so cool) stuff floating by the windows of your mind minute by minute. It is the magic spell by which you conjure truth for yourself and for your fellows. People look for this kind of thing in stone, but typically don’t find it there, although lots of us tend to pretend we do.
An agenda is the basis upon which you act according to your world view. Sometimes it is hidden, or at least you pretend you don’t have the agenda you have, and then it becomes the basis upon which you act despite what you claim as your world view (which is a clever sort of lying, actually). An agenda is composed of impulses and desires that are not necessarily arranged in any logical or rational form, although there may be reasons for its component parts, and it is mutable at the drop of a hat. In other words, it’s not really a system the way a world view is a system. It’s what you want and how you feel, influenced by but not beholden to any rules, internal or external.
The upshot of this is that no two people, or any number of people, or even GROUPS of people, are going to be able to get along, regardless of a multiplicity of world views, unless there is to begin with a genuine underlying desire buried somewhere deep inside each person’s psyche to actually get along.
(Make any sense? If so, continue to the next question. If not, of course please explain what you think.)
So, where does our responsibility lie (if we have one) in dealing with our own internal agendas, and in dealing with the agendas of others, particularly in situations where we are faced with (seemingly) opposing world views?
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