To leave the whole is to leave the questions, and forego the very ability to question.
And I forget just why I taste
Oh, yeah, I guess it makes me smile
I found it hard, it’s hard to find
Oh well, whatever, nevermind
-lyrics from the Nirvana album “Nevermind” (1991)
I took a worldview class in college. The professor for the class actually understood worldviews, so rather than mere didactic note-taking on presuppositions we had a healthy dose of cultural participation. Of course, this meant we were held hostage to the professor’s musical horizons, but regardless it was not surprising that the postmodern worldview was introduced by the tunes of Nirvana.
According to Michael Novak, there are values implicit in the drive to question: genuine questioning can exemplify honesty, freedom, and courage. And the embrace of these values, he says, can be a true way out of the experience that must not be ignored.
Read the full post on First Things.
Bryan Wandel works in government finance and has studied history, accounting, and religion. He is a member of the editorial board at Humane Pursuits. Bryan’s writing has appeared at Comment Magazine, First Things, and elsewhere.