Seeing the World

View Indigenous World Views vs Western World. Reflect on the questions below and draft some brief responses. 

  1. What is your own worldview? And where might those worldviews have come from?

I view the world as a place where humans work to their individual strengths to then come together as a group to solve problems. I view the environment as beautiful and untouchable, as I believe the environment should be left alone and preserved. I view the world as a place where the environment comes before man made buildings. I think my views on the world, particularly the environment, have come from living in New Zealand where maintaining a clean environment is largely important.

2. How do you think your worldview shapes the way you see yourself?

My world view has shaped me into a very independent and driven person who strives to achieve the best possible results in life. I see myself as a hard worker who sets very high standards, sometimes too high.

3) How might you connect world view, ideology, identity, and a personal perspective, and/or differentiate between them? 

Worldview, ideology, identity and a personal perspective are all connected as they are all seen differently depending on the individual (all can be individualised). However, these four ideas are not the same. Worldview is the outlook an individual has on the world and how they feel the world should operate. Ideology is the ideas and assumptions an individual makes about the way something happens or the way something is supposed to happen. Identity is how an individual represents themselves and how they identify with others. Lastly, personal perspective is the way an individual views a moment.

4) You get your sense of belonging in relation to others who share a set of values, beliefs, and ways of being in the world, can you identify some aspects of that collective world view that marginalise or subordinate other world views. 

An aspect of my world view that marginalises other world views is my view on the environment and how I believe the environment should remain untouched. My view on the environment is similar to indigenous worldviews which contrast with western world views. The Western world views humans as more important compared to the environment. Therefore, the Western world will happily chop down forests to make way for man-made buildings.

5) If your world view is the dominant and/or the most widely accepted and unchallenged world view what might it be like if your world view became the marginalised, un-noticed, or a disregarded world view?

Because my worldview isn’t the most dominant or most widely accepted, I have thought about what it might be like if the Western World’s view became the disregarded world view. If the Western world changed their worldview so that they saw themselves as equals with the environment, the world would be very different. The environment would be a much nicer place as all humans would consider the environmental impacts of their actions.

6) How might the dominant worldview see you and expect you to live out your life? 

The dominant world view (Western worldview) would expect me to not take so much notice of the environment and instead focus on myself in terms of my career, income, property, etc.

7) Return to the Sheilagh Walker text ‘Writing From the Gut: Kia tau the rangimarie’ (from wk1 & 3) as she offers a worldview and perspective on academia. Now, what would you say about worldview or her argument?

After reading Sheilagh Walker’s text again I would now change my world view slightly. Rather than individuals working to their strengths, I would suggest individuals working together as groups that accept one another. Walker often talks about how as a Maori women she often feels judged or excluded by Europeans. Therefore, if humans viewed the world as an accepting environment where everyone got along and worked together Walker wouldn’t feel this way.

8) What might Mirzoeff’s world view be?

I would presume Mirzoeff’s world view would be fairly similar to mine, particularly in terms of the environment. This is because, in his chapter, The Changing World, Mirozeff discusses a variety of negative effects that human impacts have on the environment including the coal industry, pollution, and depletion of resources. These points to me suggest that Mirzoeff is very passionate about protecting the environment.


In a 100-250 word paragraph for a blog post discuss how a visual text can be constructed and read differently considering ‘world view’, ‘ideology’, and ‘the myth of photographic truth’.

Worldview, ideology, and the myth of photographic truth all relate to one another as each is viewed differently by individuals. When analysing a visual text the viewer must consider the producers worldview, ideology, and the myth of photographic truth as their work will be personalised to some level. These ideas can be considered by analysing the subject matter, camera angle, colour tones, and the method used to produce the visual text. Because each individual views the world differently each visual text will be interpreted differently depending on the viewer. Therefore, even though the producer of the visual text may have created the work to reflect or symbolise their own views and thoughts, this does not mean that the work has only one meaning or interpretation.


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