Culture – The Target, Continued

Lesson 1: Topic 11 of 25

Next is Beliefs, which responds to the question, “What is true?” These are the deeply held religious or moral constructs of a culture. Traditionally, Americans might answer that freedom, democracy, and autonomy are true Beliefs. We tend to see these as essential for a life well lived. A Korean person could give you Confucian answers that reflect ideals of duty, self sacrifice, and moral debt. These are critical for both families and society to hold together.

Worldview, at the very center of our target model, is the symbolic bullseye. There are few ideas in a person’s core Worldview. Deepest ideals, such as Truth, Faith, or Liberty. These answer the question, “What is real, or most essential?” Without working through a type of unpacking process, this question would be difficult for most individuals to answer. 

What might those answers be? A dedicated member of a democracy could say that their worldview relies on freedom for all individuals, while a sincere socialist might say that only communal ideals and equality are the bedrock of successful society. From a religious viewpoint, a devout Christian might say that a meaningful life requires placing God at the center of all things, while an atheist could counter that reason will only accept that which is provable by the scientific method. The answers to what is most sincerely held at the core of an individual are many, but will likely resonate with others within their ethnic group and community.