What is Worldview?

Envision a line out of rocks.. This is the world, the laws of physics, of psychology, of anatomy… It is the shape of a lake, or a fjord or a fog..

Then see another line. It is glowing and almost geometric… it almost approximates kinda the first line….. Where it is closer to the center than the rock line, it is a taboo, and where it goes out beyond, it is magick… the land where ladies come back as lilies for their lover…

Ignorance keeps the glowing shape simple,
and wishful thinking keeps it beautiful

Asimov and Animism

I had an idea yesterday when scrambling to make sure I didn’t lose any Mexican jumping beans from a bag I spilled. I was concerned about their safety even more than my future ability to hassle these clicking owl-heads. And lord knows I like to hassle those who can’t fight back! (just ask my baby half-brother, mwa-ha-ha)

Here’s the idea: in I, Robot, there was talk about how some little girl was treating ill her robot. She told him to do all sorts of things without considering the bot’s robo-feelings. Though there were no direct ill consequences of this (the robots are programmed to enjoy this!), the idea was that she would learn to treat other humans the same way. So, what’s the consequence of us treating objects as mere objects?

Traditional cultures had/have a worldview in which everything is alive and in which other animals are our (humanity’s) brothers and sisters. Even things that weren’t strictly living had spirits (like rocks, rivers, etc.) Is our seeing of this as all false inadvertently making us just a little less civil, a little more cold in our dealings with other people?