There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
- Shakespeare, Hamlet
Concepts are insufficient – as A J Heschel says, “Concepts are delicious snacks with which we try to alleviate our amazement.” He means they are secondary to the unified mystical state of awe or wonderment – that he would say is the ‘real thing’. (Except it isn’t a thing!)
What are the ‘more things’? I’m taking a look at how we get to have the world-view that we have. Clearly world-views are both individual and group.
I might ‘read’ the world as predominantly benign, or predominantly dangerous as part of my personal world-view.
Actions follow the world-view that is held. So in the group known as ISIS it is presumably an appropriate act to burn alive in a cage a prisoner – within their world-view.
To have insight into one’s own world-view and its formation is to have self-knowledge – and probably also Self knowledge