by Dr. Denise R. Ames
The coronavirus is a deadly disease that is spreading havoc through the human world. It is upending our lives and overturning our daily routines. It has appeared so suddenly into the human world that we are unsure about how to deal with it. Dealing with the coronavirus is such a rapid and far-reaching change that it is overwhelming to us. It also affects the way we look at the world.
We are now seeing the world through corona eyes. We are all struggling with our new way of life.
As I launch my book Divided: Five Colliding Worldviews and How to Navigate Them for publication, I find it necessary to make a few comments about the deadly virus spreading across the United States and the world.
Releasing a new nonfiction book for publication at the start of such an earth-shattering event is probably not the best timing. I thought about shelving the whole project, but then I had second thoughts. I find that the book and its theme of seeing our way of life through five worldviews is very relevant to what is going on today!
We have been polarized as a nation for many years, especially since the 2016 election. Even how the coronavirus is being managed reflects a particular worldview: traditionalists emphasize the business or religious side, progressives stress the average person, globalists promote the global economy, and transformers say look at it holistically.
To solve this health crisis, and save as many lives as possible, all the worldviews need to be recognized. They are all vital in guiding us through this most devastating crisis since World War II. I talk about a tipping point in my book that can shift us to a different worldview. The coronavirus may prove to be that tipping point. My hope is that the tip will be to the transformative worldview.
Perhaps, on a pessimistic note, the transformative worldview will not take hold, instead, a darker and more brutal worldview will emerge that brings out the more competitive and vicious side of humanity. The future is unknown.
Whatever our worldview, one thing is clear, we are all in this together. Everyone is vulnerable, a kind of equalizing mechanism. My hope is that the coronavirus will bring out the best in humankind, in which we are kind, thoughtful, and reasonable. Also, I hope we are grateful that we live in a time when our government (city, state, and federal), whether we agree with their worldview or not, has the resources available to put an end to this deadly scourge.
I will be adding reflections on seeing the world through “corona eyes” as I blog about my new book. As we can see with the current stalemate in Congress over the $1.7 trillion bill to aid our country impacted by the coronavirus, the cultural divide is still with us.
I wish all of you well.
About the Author
Dr. Ames’ varied life experiences—scholarly research, teaching, reflections, and extensive travels—have contributed to her balanced and thoughtful perspectives. Earning a doctorate in world history education, she has taught secondary schools, universities, a community college, professional development trainings, and lifelong learners. In 2003, Dr. Ames founded the educational non-profit, Center for Global Awareness, developing globally-focused books and educational resources. She has written seven books, blogs, lesson plans, articles, newsletters, and teaching units for the non-profit and clients.
Dr. Ames is now developing a program called Turn—transformative understanding and reflection network—that encourages life-long learners to see things with new eyes, shift perspectives, and understand the balance in all things. She teaches classes and writes about cross-cultural awareness, indigenous wisdom, a transformative worldview, learning from the past, a mythic journey, and transforming travel.
Divided: Five Colliding Worldviews and How to Navigate Them has just been released! $14.95, 258 pgs.
Divided addresses the question on the lips of every American: why can’t we get along? The cultural divide is threatening our democracy and destabilizing our country. Divided looks at the deep cultural divide through the lens of five colliding worldviews—indigenous, traditional, progressive, globalized, and transformative. This approach helps us make sense of our deep divisions and suggests ways of bridging them.
It is urgent that we understand and bridge the cultural divide. Bridging the divide is dependent upon first understanding it. Gaining an understanding of the five worldviews enhances our success of arriving at sensible solutions and increasing civil conversations. If not, rancor and intractability ensue.