Dear Board Member,
I wanted my friends and family to play my Veritas Worldview Game, but nobody seemed to want to, until cajoled mercilessly.
To play one needs to answer 14 questions, by doing so creating your personal worldview.
The questions you are answering to build your worldview are somewhat philosophical and by that they are surprisingly “safe”.
It is not easy to openly mess with received opinions and conventional wisdom of the people around you, your family and friends, colleagues, neighbors, etc. Do not anger gods, bosses and social opinion.
But when you deal more abstractly in terms of your world view, expressed in your own words, you somehow get around these constraints.
You exercise your thinking and creativity, while keeping safe your spiritual values and social position.
The intellectual inquiry into your philosophical worldview, while not so easy , in the same time is so natural and safe and accepted. It is almost like figuring out what this shape of a cloud reminds you of.
You can argue and argue but your “elephant” is still the best for you…. And in two minutes it may be “a bear”.
The answering these questions turned out to be much less fun than I expected , and many people did not want other people to know what they think…
So I thought that they need to be on the advisory board , so they couldn’t refuse…
But advisory board of what? A LLC? , may be a corporation or a “center’ for something? Eureka!
It started as as joke, but after more talking and thinking it became an idea on its own.
The idea that everybody deserves to experience his/her individuality as an essential part of freedom. This way “my own worldview” should be a way to inquire about your own truth – opinions, emotions, your own self.
So, “long live”, for the Institute, there is so many forces which can be focused and cooperating there. The people for “critical thinking”,”worldview” philosophers, like Vidal , Heylighen and others, the Bowen Center from DC, the Evolutionaries from California, the world peacemakers, the mindfulness promoting people, all kind of thinkers and dreamers etc, etc…
You are invited to be the board member.
Responsibility? Plan to attend the Board Party once a year, breathe deeply, do the good work, stop when you’re done.
Please create your explicit worldview by answering the questions below.
Answer should be between 20 to 200 characters long .
There is the spreadsheet with the existing answers on my Google Drive, if you are ready to add your answers, please let me know. I will share with you this spreadsheet and you will be able to browse and write your stuff in.
Very soon the game goes live on internet, and anybody will be able to play.
Tomasz and Sophia Voychehovski- co-founders and co-directors
Financial adviser – David Levis
Linda Voychehovski literary adviser
Lucas Prater- art adviser
Peter Brown- customer’s psychology adviser
Dosia Boron- European philosophy specialist
Richard Barrali – mindfulness and sales
Jan Sabbo – friendships and surgery
Leslie Bloom – feminism and multicultural adviser
Zibin Guo- Eastern anthropology
Luke Lea and Pat Lea- American Culture and Landscape
Andrew Warner- physical wellbeing
Tom Cable- medical wellbeing
Craig Kronenberg- architecture
James Friedli – real estate
Ron Whitmire- marketing and business adviser
Jann Sullivan – Center for Mindful Living liaison
William Dwyer – Bowen Center liaison.
Witold Kapuscinski- vision adviser
Tommy Boron- youth liaison (East)
Robert Kronenberg – youth liaison (West)
Veritas Institute Spiritual Council
Piotrus Wojciechowski- film and Christianity (east), also liaison with the Podhale Wisdom Academy
Gregg Sullivan- legal and Christianity(west)
Kaukab Naseer- Islam adviser
Jonathan Cohen- Judaic adviser
tom kunesh- atheism and shamanism
Lenny Rubin- yogic adviser
Kittisaro and Thanissara – Buddhist advisers
New , proposed, order of questions:
I. How do you find happiness?
II. Is there a free will? Can you make a difference?
III. What is the meaning of life?
IV. How do you find truth?
V. What is an origin of good, beauty and truth?
VI. What is an origin of evil?
VII. What is the role of the evolution?
VIII. How did the Universe begin?
IX. What is going to happen to humankind?
X. What will happen after you die?
XI. What about Extraterrestial Intelligence?
XII. What is the nature of the mind?
XIII. What is the Universe made of?
XIV. What question is missing?
I underestimated the difficulty of the creating and writing down a condensed (so others can compare) , but the personal, meaningful, interesting worldview.
Only few could do it.
Now I know that you need to study the psychology and the techniques of how to create a worldview and then you need to attempt to teach the “creating your worldview 101”.