Circumstance as the source of perspective
Societies in decadence often end in refusing the world as a reality, they say “life is just an illusion, a dream”. Or the Christians that say: “leave it all to god, he will take care of things”. This is all escapism, not wanting to accept their reality.
Societies in ascent really believe in themselves and the world. They think that the world has value, meaning and that they can find happiness in “worldly things”.
This leads me to conclude that every perspective (either of world or self) is therefore conditioned relative to the individual’s circumstance.