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    Postmodern worldviews

    People with postmodern worldviews tend to acknowledge and value multiple perspectives on reality. They are aware that people see life very differently, and that all these different perspectives are valuable. In this view, truth is thus relative, contextual, and subjective (e.g., informed by moral, emotional, and artistic dimensions), rather than being objective as modern science claims.
    The view of reality is diverse and undefined, characterized by uncertainty and ambiguity. The postmodern's capacity to see and validate multiple perspectives can lead to an intense relativism, in which reality or truth itself is contested: because we all have a different perspective on reality, reality in itself does not exist. Frequently, these people either adhere to a liberal (interpretation of their) religion or spirituality, or display an agnostic attitude, saying that "we don't know" whether there is a divine being, force, or reality.
    As the name reveals, postmodern worldviews tend to define themselves in opposition to modernity, frequently resulting in a critical attitude towards the modern model of society (e.g., emphasis on material progress, modern science and technology, capitalism). According to this perspective, quality of life cannot be found in merely material comfort and pleasures. Instead, postmodernists often emphasize "post-material" values, like creativity, uniqueness, authenticity, imagination, feeling, and intuition.
    Quality of life is also fought for in public life. This is reflected in the rise of social movements since particularly the 1960's, which promote, among others, peace, feminism, gay rights, and the environment. There is a strong emphasis on the unique, expressive individual. Yet many of the prime concerns of postmodernists are of a social nature: the well-being of the community is important, and this community includes "other" people, different from one's own religion, race, class, or group. Diversity, heterogeneity, pluralism, and multiculturalism are celebrated.

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    Postmodern worldviews
    People with postmodern worldviews are often driven to express their authentic, unique selves. In response to the ‘objectified’, functional, rationalistic modern world, they emphasize the subjective world ~ its emotional, creative, moral, and imaginary dimensions. One of this worldview’s central insights is that humans’ perception shapes the world ~ ie., that we construct our world through the assumptions we hold and the stories we tell. Lyotard famously summed up the postmodern stance as “incredulity towards metanarratives”, referring to a disbelief in the big stories of (modern) society.

    Indeed, postmoderns are often all about deconstructing modernity’s ‘big stories’ ~ its focus on material progress, its unquestioned belief in science and technology, its celebration of capitalism ~ arguing these stories mainly serve the powerful. Postmoderns display a new sensitivity to those who are marginalized and exploited, and are often driven to empower minorities and advance social justice. These are some of their very best qualities.

    In the quest for truth, postmoderns emphasize a wide range of modes of knowing, including morality, imagination, and art, and they challenge the idea that only objective science can lead to truth. In academia, there’s a shift from objective, quantitative research methods to more qualitative, interpretative approaches. In this view, truth is thus relative (rather than absolute), contextual (rather than universal), and subjective (rather than objective). Instead of relying on external authorities, postmoderns often emphasize a sense of inner authority – trusting their ‘moral compass’, intuition, or feeling.

    The view of reality is diverse and undefined, characterized by uncertainty, ambiguity, and fragmentation. Validating multiple perspectives may lead to an intense relativism, in which the existence of truth itself is contested: ‘you have your truth, I have mine, so there is no such thing as objective truth.’ Frequently, postmoderns either adhere to a liberal (interpretation of their) religion or spirituality, or display an agnostic attitude, saying we don’t know whether there is a divine being, force, or reality. Nature often gains in importance in this worldview, as a larger, more systemic view of how everything is interconnected is emerging.

    Identity and values
    Postmoderns often find personal meaning in a sense of self-expression and -development. They cultivate an independent sense of themselves, and yearn to participate and contribute to society in their own, unique ways. “Post-material” values, like creativity, authenticity, imagination, participation, diversity, and pluralism are usually dominant. These post-material values are reflected in the rise of social movements since the 1960’s, which promote, among others, peace, civil rights, feminism, gay rights, and the environment.

    Recognizing we construct the world through the stories we tell can be liberating and empowering. However, it can also undercut notions of truth and reality, resulting in nihilism, relativism, and even anti-realism. This has become a big problem in our ‘post-truth’ world. Not knowing what is true undermines people’s sense of direction and meaning in life. ‘Political correctness’ may emerge from postmoderns’ passionate commitment to inclusion and social justice, while not tolerating others who don’t hold the same values. Postmodernity brings its share of problems, yet also contributes with its emphasis on subjectivity, its sensitivity and care, its valuing of diversity, and its commitment to social justice.

    Qualities of the postmodern worldview
    Search for and expression of the unique, authentic self.
    Emphasis on subjectivity, emotion, imagination, inner authority, intuition, participation, creativity.
    A celebration of diversity, perspective, context, difference, relativism, pluralism.
    Commitment to emancipation of minorities and social justice.
    Deconstructs modernity’s big stories (of science, progress, capitalism, etc) and addresses power issues.
    Associated with (global) environmental concern and care.
    Concerns with the postmodern worldview
    Postmoderns can become ‘anti-moderns’, only seeing its problems while overlooking (and thus not integrating) its achievements.
    Nihilism, hyper-relativism, anti-realism, and narcissism play out in our postmodern (post-truth) world, where people don’t know what’s true anymore nor what the meaning of life is (meaning-making crisis).
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    Modern worldview.

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    Most: Modern (15/17)
    Leas: Traditional (-9/-17)

    Feel like this test had way too much about religion in it. As an athiest the religious option was always my "least" even when there were others I strongly disagreed with as well.

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