Ways of the World
The images of who we are, the purpose of our existence, even the stuff out of which the environment we inhabit is made, have clearly changed over the centuries. Each age has believed its own view to be the best fit yet and looked disparagingly over its shoulder at what appear to be the quaint or scarcely credible beliefs of earlier times. Science is an example of a specialized language, but it is by no means an isolated one. Most organizations evolve words and phrases that have very specific associations for those involved, but which would either be misinterpreted or misunderstood by outsiders. Freud believed that only through understanding the forces of our unconscious do we stand a chance of overcoming or reversing our fate. Like all other ways of looking at the world, evolution represents both a partial truth and one that is deeply embedded in the culture that espouses it.