Everyone sees the World from Somewhere

One of the things I like about teaching is to have a degree of freedom to make learning fun.  As a professor, I try to make connections between theology, philosophy, science, and all other disciplines.  Here is a reply to a student’s post about the Cosmos in an introduction to philosophy class.  Names have been retracted to protect identity.  The student had posted a connection between humanity and searching the cosmos for understanding.  Another part of the course is understanding worldviews.

 

In the Movie, The Lion King (1994), a dialogue occurs about the cosmos (You may read this in their voices):

PUMBAA
wondrous
Timon?
TIMON
Yeah?
PUMBAA
Ever wonder what those sparkly dots up there are?
TIMON
Pumbaa, I don’t wonder. I know.
PUMBAA
Oh. What are they?
TIMON
They’re fireflies. Fireflies that got stuck up on that big bluish black thing.
PUMBAA
Oh, gee, I always thought they were balls of gas, burning billions of miles away.
TIMON
Pumbaa, with you everything’s gas.
PUMBAA
Simba, what do you think?
SIMBA
Well — uh — Nah!
PUMBAA
Aw, c’non, Simba. We told you ours.
SIMBA,
Na —
TIMON
C’mon. Give. Give.
PUMBAA
Come on. We told ‘ja ours. Please?
SIMBA
Well — somebody once told me the great kings of the past are up there
watching over us.
PUMBAA
Really?
TIMON
Ya mean a bunch of royal dead guys are watchin’ us?
Timon laughs it off.
TIMON
Ha-ha-ha-ha — That’s the craziest thing I ever heard!
Everybody LAUGHS uproariously.
TIMON
Who told you something like that?
SIMBA
laughing
Ya. Pretty dumb, huh?

 

You noted, “There has to be some form of relationship with the people and the Cosmos, there is too much evidence that shows the relationship.”  All of recorded history shows humanity’s attempt to understand the cosmos.  Mentioned in the optional video lecture are these views will normally fall within three worldviews: No God, One God, or Many Gods.

The illustration points out that everyone has a worldview about the world.  Some are more thought out or scientifically based.  But, everyone sees the world from a specific viewpoint.

Ferguson, Don. Disney’s The Lion King. [United States]: Mouse Works, 1994. Print.



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