Write A Reflective Essay On Worldviews

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All cultures have distinct social and individual worldviews that form a collection of beliefs (or stories) about the universe and life. Worldview is an overall perspective, derived subjectively, a sense of self, beliefs and value systems, philosophies, or ‘mindsets’ based upon individual interpretations of the nature of reality and self-understanding. The worldviews and philosophy of Australia’s first people’s convey plural perspectives through song, dance and stories. Indigenous people’s philosophies contain many similarities to my own ideals for ‘being’. My worldview is who I am, my lived experience and acquired knowledge.

The Dreaming is a cosmogony, or account of the universe’s creation. It is also a cosmology, explaining the creation
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I encountered a replicated way of being, a direct societal reconstruction of my Anglo-European origins, transposed on another landscape. I knew not of The Dreaming, which combines elements myth and science to articulate Indigenous realities of life’s beginnings. When Captain Cook ‘discovered’ Australia’s East coast there were many languages and around 600 dialects spoken by Indigenous peoples. Language diversity resulted in different expressions to describe ‘The Dreaming’ across the continent. (Edwards 2007, pp.1-15 ) Stanner (2009, p. 58) proposed that The Dreaming depicted a map of abstract, timeless concepts of past, present and future. Narratives of the dreaming embodied things that had once happened and gave insight to what is to come, illustrating an organised system of laws and values of significance to Indigenous people. Stories like, Kaldowinyeri, (Watson 2002, pp. 17-58) are known as mythopoetic narratives which feature in many different cultures. They convey moral and spiritual knowledge, ideas and values to future generations. They offer an intertwining of truth with myth, using imaginative means of expression. In contrast to my Western worldview, that distinguishes fact from surreal forms of expression, science and myth were not interpreted as binary

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