Personal Worldview Inventory
Mary Beth F. Salwierz
Grand Canyon University
Personal Worldview Inventory
The concept of spirituality is a part of the human experience and encompasses the search for meaning in life. It is a sense that there is a power greater than ourselves and it connects us to each other and other creatures. Spirituality is about seeking a meaningful connection with something bigger than yourself, which can result in positive emotions, such as peace, awe, contentment, gratitude, and acceptance ("Spirituality," n.d.). Philosophically the search for spirituality encompasses asking the questions “Who, what and why are we, what is my purpose and where did I come from?” ...view middle of the document...
The postmodern viewpoint denies any type of grand story of how we came to be ("Postmodern," n.d.). Rather it believes that we are a composite of all the stories we inhabit ("Postmodern," n.d.). Postmodern believers are those who are stuck in their “situatedness” that they can’t see beyond it ("Postmodern," n.d.). They believe if they can’t touch or see it it is not real. The writer feels there is no spirituality in that belief.
According to the American Nurses Association with regard to spirituality in nursing: we believe that “attention to the range of human experiences and responses to health and illness within the physical and social environments” is at the center of all of modern nursing practice. Faith, religion, and spirituality are distinct components of what defines many human communities and allow individuals to make sense of their experiences, including health and illness ("Faith," n.d.). A large part of nursing is spiritual as we are taught to treat the patient holistically which often encompasses their spirituality. Nurses draw on their own spirituality to find compassion for their patients because we draw on the knowledge that God is within all of us. So with that thought in mind for this writer, when feeling tested, draws on God to give her strength via much prayer throughout the day.
Prime reality is the world as we see it that was created by God. He entrusted humans with this gift to care for it to the best of our ability. Looking back over history it seems we humans have done a lousy job of caring for the earth and the reality given to us. The nature of the world around us is increasingly becoming a dangerous place. Children can no longer play outside anymore for fear of getting shot. The writer (coming from a Roman Catholic background) fears what direction are we headed toward and what will become our fate? Perhaps it is time to put down our weapons and try diplomatic channels in solving the world’s problems. Humans rely on force too quickly and the ends don’t justify the means. Also if every human were well fed perhaps the fighting that is in our nature would subside and people would be...