Everyone may be at different stages in the process of defining and consolidating their worldview. In so doing, we are influenced by multiple factors:
- Culture and tradition into which the person is born and raised
- Feelings (emotional attraction) and mystical experiences
- Empirical data. Facts that you experience or witness. Worldviews are largely shaped by experience.
- Reason or logic. Unfortunately, this is becoming less of an influence in our culture.
- Peer pressure. This is becoming a strong influence, replacing reason and logic. (A Muslim is not free to believe otherwise in their culture.)
- Revelation. Information from a transcendent source such as God or an authoritative source.
In contrast, a false worldview will often be incoherent, inconsistent, and leave many unanswered questions. A fantasy illusion, it ultimately offers false hope.
Many (most?) worldviews in western civilization tend to form based on interactions with reality. A child touches a pretty smoldering ember in a dying fire and a new piece is added to his worldview on the destructive consequences of fire. Worldviews that form this way tend to be pragmatic and have at least some basis in reality. But they cannot by definition "see over the horizon". There is no way to flesh out the worldview to address aspects of reality that are out of sight or out of reach (i.e., what happens after death.)