A cross section can readily be defined as “the act of cutting anything across,” and oftentimes, architects render a cross section of a building in their drawings in order to diagram the various structural elements that make up the integrity of the design.
In literature or journalism, a cross section involves pulling together samples from different sources so as to point out the aspects that make up the character of a writer ‘s(or writers’) work. Such an endeavor highlights the themes and components that underscore the author’s intent and influences.
Here at the Cross Section, I hope to point out how several features of our world today (some of which we do not often lend much credence) work together to shape our perspectives and produce certain actions. My goal is to dissect current trends, to perform a cross section, in order to reveal the worldview elements that are driving the way we think about what’s happening in the world today.
The way that we think serves as the primary impetus for how we act and conduct ourselves in our daily lives. Unfortunately, we rarely dig deeper and survey the waters that flow beneath the current of our thoughts and shape the way that we perceive the world and respond to the various challenges we face in our day-to-day experiences.
I seek to analyze those undercurrents in an attempt to right where we, as a society, have gone wrong.
To be candid, I do so from a Christian worldview. I believe that four key elements affect our understanding of the world: what we think about God (theology); how we think about reality (philosophy); whom we listen to and seek influence from (culture); and when and where we find ourselves during the journey of daily experience (life).
These four elements shape us, and if we are not paying attention, we will allow an ignorance of these four avenues to drive us to destinations that we ought not go. To be clear, “where we ought not go” refers to transgressing the virtues of integrity, justice, and truth.
The Cross Section’s goal is to help us all become better people, even if we disagree about the issues surrounding theology, philosophy, and culture. That way, we might at least recognize where we disagree and do so civilly.