Each month’s episode of the TV series “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” explores issues from fresh perspectives. The November and December 2018 programs deal with how we see the world, and therefore how we govern our society. Specifically, I contrast the nasty worldview that has been dominating the U.S. with a much more ethical and humane worldview that should be guiding public policy.
November’s PART 1 focused mostly on the problems, and now December’s PART 2 focuses on the solutions and proposes how we can accomplish them.
A “worldview” is the overall perspective from which a person, a group of persons, or a society as a whole sees and interprets the world. A “worldview” reflects beliefs and assumptions about what is real and good – and therefore assumptions about what we should do.
The way you SEE the world will largely drive how you INTERACT with the world. Your understanding of reality will largely drive whether you act to reinforce a bad status quo or to create positive changes.
For many years – and especially recently – the U.S. has been dominated by a worldview whose assumptions foster greed, corruption, cruelty, oppression, war, and other bad things.
But most Americans want the opposite. We want our nation to be guided by a worldview that is humane, compassionate, peaceful, fair to everyone, and environmentally sustainable.
The November 2018 program focused mostly on the problems in the nasty worldview that has been existing. Now the December 2018 program focuses more on solutions – the worldview that we want to replace the one that exists now.
The program also explains how we could help our society move into that better future.
The bad worldview was already dominating the U.S., and it has escalated horribly since Trump and Republicans grabbed power over all three branches of the federal government and many state and local governments. Trump and the Republicans are vigorously destroying the parts of the government that serve the public and protect the environment. They are imposing Orwellian lies and abuses, appointing extremely incompetent and corrupt people who are vigorously hostile to the missions of the agencies they have been appointed to run.
The Trumpian and Republican escalation includes blatant lying and outright contempt for truth and honest journalism. They rig processes so they can win at any cost and hurt anybody who stands in their way. We saw this with their war on women and contempt for truth and democracy when they steamrollered Brett Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court.
Cable TV subscribers in Thurston County can watch this interview on Thurston Community Television (TCTV) three times a week throughout the entire month: every Monday at 1:30 pm, every Wednesday at 5:00 pm, and every Thursday at 9:00 pm.