April 20, 2004

You are your worldview

Bret Stephens of the Jerusalem post has this to say about the importance of worldview with respect to the 9-11 Commission:

The difference September 11 made was not that it increased the store of knowledge, but that increased the store of experience. Americans knew for themselves what terrorists could do. This is the kind of knowledge no wire dispatch from Jerusalem or Belfast, and no Presidential Daily Briefing, can adequately impart. The only thing that could have moved Americans to be better prepared for September 11 was September 11.

In my words: More than anything else, more than being American, or African-American, or Irish-American, more than being short or tall, more than being educated or uneducated, people are their worldview. People will risk their lives, and the lives of their children rather than give up their worldview - for good or ill. Though a person's worldview naturally evolves over time, a sudden change is a traumatic event; in a very real sense it is like dying. Conversely, it is usually only a traumatic event like 9-11 that can produce a sudden change in worldview.

Posted by David Boxenhorn at April 20, 2004 09:59 AM
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