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With each passing year, have you felt like the public world around you proceeds increasingly with greater fear and loathing . . . a feeling now creeping into the privacy of your own home? Have you become steadily more uncertain about what you think and more unsure about whether you can speak and act effectively to make a difference, even in matters that used to seem trivial? Do you feel no one agrees anymore on anything, nor has any desire or incentive to do so?

Well, if you’re walking on egg shells along with the rest of America (and the West), maybe it’s time to break some new eggs proactively (smash them, really) and examine in detail your own views, the views of others in similar situations, and the views of those living and from the past who have put their lives into thinking about many of life’s greatest questions. We need insight and wisdom for the current situation.

This, too, shall pass? Of course, it will, but the current situation likely won’t improve much unless we understand ourselves better and together select more meaningful and effective pathways on which to proceed together.

“Praxis” is the process of interaction between human consciousness and reality that shapes worldviews and human behavior. It is the only way forward.

Each person sees and approaches life through a certain window, and these lenses are our worldviews. It has been said that a worldview is the narrative into which humans place themselves to determine and achieve their goals. Humans are born into family and cultural worldviews of many types around the globe, and understanding and choosing your own is arguably the essential accomplishment of maturity and often the determinant of success. Praxis is the process that never ceases, however.

The Praxis Circle is a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring worldviews. Its primary activity is conducting extensive interviews of thought leaders and distributing video content in short segments along with related analysis and comment. More specifically, Praxis Circle expands through its growing circle of persons interviewed, through its editor and viewer content and conversations, and through links to off-site Internet content.

Praxis Circle staff and Contributors aim to enhance their understanding of the worldview concept, of the world’s most popular worldviews, and of their own such lenses, and perhaps even contribute to new, evolving, or paradigm-shifting thinking. Praxis Circle will emphasize where the West’s primary narrative stories meet the rest of the world, practical politics, and everyday lives. America is vital to the world, and it must set a better example; this starts with you and us.

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In 2015, Praxis Circle formed to give average Americans an avenue to address key worldview issues facing the U.S. and the West today. By 1991, when John Paul II called for new thinking in the 21st Century in his monumental encyclical Centesimus Annus (May 1, 1991), the Berlin Wall and the USSR had fallen, and it seemed democratic capitalism had triumphed over communism, leaving it the only worldview standing in America and Europe. Since that time, obviously, issues have gotten far more complicated, America and the world have become far more divided and dangerous in nearly every direction, and there is an even greater need for new thinking than in 1991. In sum, Praxis Circle formed to begin to help interested Americans find their way through this morass in any way possible. Praxis Circle believes it can sponsor new thinking with as much objectivity as any worldview-biased human beings can muster, and the organization will rely squarely on Praxis Contributors to stay on that road.

We believe the best way to do this is to interview as many world class thought leaders as possible (such as Samuel Baron, Os Guinness, Michael Novak, and Mary Eberstadt, who formed our initial small group of Praxis Contributors) to whom we can gain access concerning key worldview issues and thinking, as well as regular Americans and others who operate within the “real world,” who face, primarily, everyday matters and concerns. Only by putting these two groups (Expert and Member Contributors) together could we see generating new thinking in the spirit of John Paul II’s call that could bridge the gap between thought and reality, where lasting results are achieved. We find that social divisions and culture warring occur most obviously at the levels of differing worldviews, and it is through the process known as praxis, where theory influences reality and vice versa, that worldview issues may be addressed and resolved, if at all possible. Our driving value is that every human being matters equally, and, in worldview matters, that each person should seek to understand before being understood. Often,the best way to gain a better understanding of our own worldview is by exploring other worldviews in depth.

Of course, Praxis Circle cannot resolve the fundamental worldview issues – many positions are completely contradictory – but the organization and staff can assist you in thinking about your worldview and those of others. We will seek out directly opposite and contradictory points of view. Our key objectives are to inspire simple and meaningful insights to help you think about existing and developing worldviews, or, upon request, to assist in attempting to point out a potentially helpful direction. We have formed a “circle” of thought leaders and regular people that we have interviewed, and we intend to grow this circle in a targeted way as much as possible in the future to meet the ongoing, related needs of a growing number of contributing members. We see Praxis Circle as a place where worldview questions are examined and targeted on the firing line of reality, with the hope of establishing and realizing personal and community goals that Americans will be happy with and proud of.

Our own worldview position is that the United States is and has been almost since inception among the greatest and most good countries on earth. We do not believe that most Americans today, no matter how much their worldviews may differ from those of others, wake up every morning trying to determine how to do evil or to harm other Americans or citizens of the world. With this in mind, this has likely never been true in the main (though this view requires a certain positive approach to American history and historiography itself), and it seems more unlikely now than ever, even with such tension in the public square today, that the U.S. will lose its historical way. The country has been in much worse shape before, and most Americans genuinely want the best for all. Praxis Circle believes we owe it to our past, present, and future American heritage, and to the world that depends on us to a significant extent, to continue this legacy for as long as possible, seeing no alternative at present to accepting a degree of global responsibility for freedom. As a result, we do need new thinking as soon as possible that would answer John Paul II’s call, now over twenty-five years long, to remain on America’s almost 250-year-old pathway.

We think this starts, in part, with practical worldview analysis, with Praxis Circle, and with you.

It will take time and effort from all in the Praxis Circle, and we look forward to the journey. Worldview content relates individuals and groups via the loftiest social goals to the most detailed aspects of personal behavior, and Praxis Circle will attempt to address as many of these questions as possible. How? We will accomplish all of this with in-depth videoed interviews, member discussion, online learning, education, and classes, as well as relying heavily on viewer and member feedback.

And, as an important aside, we plan to have plenty of fun along the way. In fact, that might be the whole point of it all. Who knows?

We hope you will join us.

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