Changing world view
Time bound consciousness
My genealogical activities already made aware of how much your personal consciousness and your philosophy of life are determined by the time in which you are living and by the world view you have then. I realized myself that for instance when I wondered to what extent I still would have been able to exchange my views on my philosophy of life with my grandparents, who were born by the end of the 19th century or even with my parents of the early twentieth century who grew up in a totally different time than I did. Because so much is changing it seemed not even unthinkable to me – considering even that it might be possible meeting myself as a 20-years old (thus some 55 years ago) sitting in front of me in the train – that I might not even have recognized that boy and in a philosophical discussion already should thoroughly have had to take into account what has occurred during those in-between 55 years. And then it just concerns yourself in both cases. It means you thus become another person in such time span even though you are still ever the same ‘I’.
Let it be how that is with a time difference of 5 centuries with the people like for instance Luther and Calvin, who started the Reformation; or the parson’s world of Gomarists and Arminians (followers of Gomaris and Arminius) in the beginning period of the Protestant church, who were responsible for many of the dogma’s, that still continued to having influence for ages afterwards.
Of course the same counts even much stronger for the time difference with the activities of Jesus at the beginning of our calendar and his followers, who wrote down the stories on what later on were called the gospels in the first 2 or 3 centuries from how they experienced it. Considering even more the “improvements” or other adjustments when those stories were translated and copied by monks and the synods, which afterwards determined what would fit or not in the Bible.
What do you mean being news?
That led me in 2010 to film back for myself which radical changes in the past decades influenced mu present world view; and in that context also influenced my view of life. I was quite surprised myself seeing how much that was.
In that full document attached her (unfortunately in Dutch) ‘Hoe zo nieuws?‘ (What do you mean being news) I elaborated on the following developments.
a. Archeology, paleontology and astronomy
our earth is by far many times older than some 4,000 to 5,000 years
b. Deciphering of the DNA
recent insights in the beginning and spreading of humanity
c. Relativity theory, Quantum physics and String theory
new views on the interrelation of matter – energy – time and the knowable reality
d. Accelerated scientific development and pace in spreading of information
news on the murdering of Lincoln took for instance several days to cross the ocean compared to CNN’s current breaking news, in which we nowadays see live the exploding rockets in wars
e. Consciousness survival in afterlife
with experience of paranormal mediums, reincarnation cases, and Near-Death experiences
f. Observing and consciousness
observation is not objective, but depends on the observer, time and location.
As a result of all of this my present memory and consciousness are containing a quite different content of observations, experiences, and insights than that of me as a 20- years old boy, than that of my parents [for whom the subject ‘history’ at school consisted for instance of the ‘Heilige geschiedenis’ (Holy history) and the ‘Vaderlandse geschiedenis’ (National history)], of my grandparents, of the people who experienced the Reformation (amongst whom my ancestors who in their countryside village communities moved from their roman catholic parish to the new protestant religion) and the heretics who died burning at the stake, of the people who shared the developing church in The Nederlands from Saint Boniface and Saint Willebrord and the monks and medieval ancestors, of the Christians in the first centuries of the Christian church. Or in short, the frame of reference within which those people experienced their existence was completely different from ours today.
What does this mean when it concerns my religious consciousness, my belief?
Becoming conscious of this made me realize, that my current philosophy of life, my life view as the younger person when I did my confession, and the life view of my parents and ancestors are all true in their own setting and shouldn’t be considered in terms of right of wrong like the preachers of “the one and only true belief” do. There is not one truth, but there are many. Belief is not a collective conviction, nailed down in dogma’s, that you adhere to or not or can dictate to someone else. Belief is a very individual experience, inspired by your own knowledge, feelings, experiences, insights and presumptions in the setting of your own frame of reference.
See also for instance the views and experiences of Aafke Holm, Bert van Schuijlenburg and Rev. Aart Mak in a Dutch TV programme ‘Heilig vuur’ of the NCRV.
When that insight would have existed on a wider scale, many condemnations of heresy and persecutions for the sake of religious views might not have occurred. That concerns, however, not only history, as it is nowadays still as relevant as in the past given the many violations and condemnations for heresy.