|On A Glasslike Sea (standard:other, 2886 words)|
|Author: Eutychus||Added: Dec 24 2012||Views/Reads: 1241/1035||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A small group examining competing worldviews|
“See anything?” Reggie asked his mate with whom he had been sharing the crow's nest for the past two hours. “Not a thing. But with no moon and no binoculars, how can we expect to see anything until we are right on top of it? Look sharp for a moment. I need to relax my eyes,” Fred said and focused his gaze to the northwest. “What are you looking at?” “I'm looking for constellations. I focus with a different set of muscles and it relieves the headache caused by two hours of focusing midrange.” “Let me see... Where's Leo?” “That's easy. Right there is Ursa Major. Line up the two stars that make up the back side of the dipper and follow them to the galactic south. There, just above the horizon, is Regulus.” “Yes, the heart of the lion. The tail should be just to the north. Half a minute. Where did Regulus go, Fred?” Reggie wondered, uncertain why his focus on the constellation had suddenly been thrown off to the point that it had disappeared entirely. “Focus closer. Regulus is still there. It's just blocked from view.” his friend who had transferred over from the Oceanic after a four year stint as lookout said intently. “Do you see it?” As Reggie spoke a word of astonished agreement Fred had rung the ship's bell three times and then reached for the telephone. “Is there anyone there?” Fred shouted into the device that he didn't quite trust to deliver news this important. “Yes, what do you see?” sixth officer James Moody asked. “Iceberg right ahead!” ********************** The Sunday evening service began with a song, prayer, and Pastor Douglas' promise to get right into the material after a quick recap of last week's discussion. The series, which the pastor had titled War of the Worldviews, had been covering the lenses through which various cultures had looked at the world at different times in history in an attempt to understand why the world was in the place it had arrived at. Because of Kyle's connection to the history aspect of the series, being a tenured member of the local high school's history department, he sat with his extended family with pencil and clipboard of paper at the ready for when it came time to take notes. The pastor's review covered Modernism and its roots in the European Enlightenment, a system of viewing the world based on the theory of the man who starts with his thoughts on a given matter and builds his worldview block by block based upon nothing more than his own powers of reason. “And while Modernism gave divine revelation a greatly reduced role in how we understand the world, it at the very least made the assumption that the mind is a mirror of nature, meaning that the reality our mind perceives does in fact correspond to how the world really is. Based on this presumption, Modernism set the stage for great advancements in technology and Modernists used that technology to achieve mastery over the natural world, hoping to usher in a Utopian age in which the individual could understand his place in the universe based solely upon reason. “Unfortunately, reason proved insufficient to prevent two world wars and could not keep the last century from being the bloodiest in history. And because Modernism failed to live up to the promise of prosperity through reason, that disillusionment has resulted in what has come to be known as POST-modernism, a worldview which rejects to a large degree reliance upon reason. Postmodernism values the experiences of the individual, a relativity that values a little bit of everything but Click here to read the rest of this story (229 more lines)
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