We are living in the middle of a clash of paradigms. It’s a tug of war between ideologies. Most people don’t see it because it’s been going on for so long. However, learning to recognize and handle this conflict is a necessary skill in our modern world.
When different worldviews try to influence the culture, it can create a conflict. This clash can fracture the culture into several different opposing groups. Depending upon their incompatibility, the conflict can cause acts of violence, even genocide. Do you recognize the signs?
A Clash of Paradigms
If we understand something, we make better decisions about it. So we hope this article will help you see the effects of this clash of ideologies. Because this clash has been going on for ages, we overlook the implications. We’ll show how the inclusive worldview is superior to a tribal worldview.
If you understand how these two worldviews work, you can make a more informed decision about them. It will help you see why an inclusive or universal worldview is not just an option but necessary. Let’s start with some definitions.
What is a Paradigm or Worldview?
A paradigm is another word for a worldview. Think of it as a filter containing our beliefs and values through which we view the world. Everyone has one. It’s the framework that provides structure to our thinking. But in doing so, it creates boundaries.
It places values on thoughts and beliefs and acts much like colored glass, coloring everything. It’s an automatic filter that programs values and beliefs. It establishes what we believe is right and wrong. This judgment is often subconscious, so we aren’t aware of its operation. This filter gets most of its programming from our cultural narrative and is often supported by family and peers.
A Tribal Worldview
First, let’s look at how we use the word tribal.
The term “tribal”(in general terms) refers to the genetic, ethnic, or historical roots of indigenous people. This has nothing to do with tribal characteristics adopted by a group.
Whereas, “tribal characteristics” are arbitrary attributes chosen by a group to differentiate themselves from others. The central point of this mindset is separation and segregation, not inclusion. It often uses such characteristics as religious belief, race, or ethnicity.
If you are in the tribe, you belong. If you are not a member of the tribe, you are an enemy. It is the social effect of the tribal mentality. It makes their dominant worldviews tribal in nature. In this way, the tribe dictates values and religious beliefs that are unjust and discriminatory, and they are accepted.
A Tribal worldview refers to the characteristics chosen by a group. They choose beliefs or other characteristics to distinguish themselves from others.
Most indigenous cultures exhibit the traits of the inclusive worldview. They are more accepting of people with diverse backgrounds and ideas. On the whole, they do much better than the religions which dominate modern culture. The religions of the Abrahamic tree dominate most of modern culture. (1)
The tree main branches of Abrahamic tree include Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. They took their tribal characteristics from the religions they copied. Their roots come from Assyrian, Babylonian, Egyptian, and Persian mystery religions.
If you base your thinking on tribal boundaries, a clash of paradigms is inevitable. There will always find those outside the tribe as untrustworthy, even enemies. A tribal point of view is a worldview based on biases and prejudice. It always equates to us-against-them, which establishes thinking and values based on mythology and superstition. It is a deception resulting in mistaking mythology as fact.
These constructs divide people into beliefs, race, ethnicity, and gender bias. Those in charge use this strategy to control and exploit people. A good example is the dark ages (2). They program people to judge with a filter of hate.
The Inclusive Worldview
Inclusiveness is based on equality, compassion, and respecting the value of all living things. Inclusion opposes the arbitrary tribal worldview. An inclusive philosophy strives for equity and equality for all people, not just some. It holds that all of life is sacred, mystical, and meaningful. It is a mindset which promotes the advancement of logic, science. It champions the scientific approach, which benefits everyone and everything. You should recognize it. This mindset is responsible for all the fundamental advances of humankind.
The Goal is Moving Beyond a Tribal Worldview
The clash of paradigms isn’t new, and that’s why it’s almost invisible. It started at the beginning of the post-classical period in about 500 CE. On one side, we have mythology and superstition masquerading as religion, and logic, reason, and science are on the other side of this conflict.
Science grew out of the need to find better answers. Science and reason provide the freethinkers who innovate and find solutions to problems. But religion is effective at programming the cultural narrative, they have been doing it longer and have deep roots in society. You’d think everyone would like science, but you’d be wrong. Science finds facts, and this exposes the origins of superstitions and mythologies. That’s the problem, exposing the truth is the root of the paradigm clash.
There are several ways to frame this clash. Some see it as faith versus facts or science versus religion. Faith relates to the belief that religious mythology supersedes any opposing evidence or logic. Science refers to processes with a basis in evidence. In contrast, religion places faith as superior to evidence and reason.
The Need to Control and Feel Safe
The clash of paradigms is a long-standing battle. On one side is organized religion; they want to control people’s thoughts and values through self-hypnosis and group hypnosis. They want to build a tribe of paying customers. Science wants to advance humankind through reason and common sense and release them to live free.
You can define this conflict in several ways. You can see it as faith vs. facts. Or some people see it as science vs. religion. This conflict may also be seen as mythology and superstition versus credible evidence, common sense, and logic.
Believers need to feel safe. When people ask what you believe, what they are asking is, what is your tribe? The answer to this question tells them whether you are safe. You are safe if your beliefs are similar enough. They are asking, Do you belong to the same tribe? They want to know if you share the same sacred ground, the same fears, and values.
People will only consider new ideas if your underlying values are similar to theirs, because they program people to think in terms of tribal boundaries. In many cases, it’s not their fault. Many people go through indoctrination at an early age in their families. Children and people in crisis are vulnerable to systematic brainwashing techniques.
You can help them break free and become freethinkers.
Why Moving Beyond a Tribal Worldview is Hard
The goal is to help someone trapped in a tribal paradigm see the bigger picture. Getting someone to see outside of the boundaries of their worldview requires a considerable investment. We use a process called the unconventional approach to saving the believer.
“Everyone thinks their beliefs are right, and they tend to associate with people who hold the same beliefs. In fact, they only feel safe when someone believes what they do. This kind of thinking is the trap of belief.
For believers to feel safe, they ask you what you believe. They need to know so they can judge you based on the boundaries of their beliefs and values. If you don’t fit their mold, you aren’t safe, aren’t trusted.
When someone asks me what I believe, I tell them I believe in the good in all religions. Therefore, I am a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Hindu, and a Pagan. Some believers will see this as incompatible, and they will say it is illogical, and I must pick only one. I tell them, isn’t it more prudent to believe the best in all rather than confining myself to just one point of view?
Some will take it one step further and ask, what are the good things about these religions? I respond, everything that has a positive result for everyone and everything, and everything that can be proven with scientific inquiry. So, I’ll ask them what do you think is positive about their beliefs? This is where the real discussion begins?” — Guru Tua
How to Discussing The Inclusive Worldview Perspective
So, here is the strategy. When someone asks what you believe, you might say you agree with all the paths that lead to a better world for everyone. Then ask them about their worldview. Try to avoid the clash of paradigms by aligning with the healthy aspects of their paradigm. It may take some work.
For example, if they are a Christian, tell them you believe in Christianity’s positive aspects. If they are Muslim, tell them you align with all the positive aspects of Islam. Whatever their worldview, seek common ground and connect the bottom line to apply the inclusive worldview and universal perspective.
Let them know you respect any path that promotes love for everyone and all living things. We have a more detailed outline of this process we call the unconventional approach to save the believer.
Alignment to Open Dialogue
The above approach works well if you can get an initial alignment. If people believe you are genuine in your alignment, you can help facilitate the shift from tribal toward an inclusive worldview. To introduce any new ideas, you must first project some alignment with the underlying concepts of their tribe. Moving beyond a tribal worldview to an inclusive worldview is a progressive, positive, and healthy transition.
Sadly, some people are so ingrained and programmed into their religious beliefs; we cannot persuade them with facts. They strive to maintain tribal vs. universal conflict. Yet, these same people would not dream of giving up the modern conveniences that science has brought to their lives.
All you can do is plant seeds of thought. They must learn how to question the cultural narrative. We will probably not eliminate this clash of paradigms. But we can plant seeds in our circle of influence.
We hope you found this article helpful, maybe even thought-provoking. Our challenge to you is to examine your beliefs in the light of the inclusive worldview that promotes sound science.
(1) Abrahamic Religions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abrahamic_religions
(2) The Dark Ages: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Ages