Talking About The World

Jul 15, 2022

I am at the CiRCE national conference at the moment and have heard a good on the matter of worlds over the last two days. What follows is nothing more than a brief catalogue of ways in which worlds are spoken of. 

“This world”: The word as existential reality; everything this side of the Resurrection and return of Christ; icon of ephemerality.

“The world”: That thing which is contrary to God and attempts to exclude God; “I have overcome the world”

“The real world”: A particular plane of reality; see also “the adult world” or “the teenage world”

“The world”: The earth; everything under heaven; “He has made this round world so sure…”

“Cigar world”: A marketing strategy; a large commercial enterprise devoted to one product; see also “RV World” or “Shoe World”

“The Chinese world”: A self-contained, complete civilization referred to as other; see also “the African world” or “the Australian world”

“Your own little world”: A frame of mind

Joshua Gibbs

Joshua Gibbs

Joshua Gibbs teaches online classes at He is the author of How To Be UnluckySomething They Will Not Forget, and Blasphemers. His wife is generous and his children are funny.

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