Ordinary worldlings (prithagjana) are caught up in appearance, both externally and internally; specifically, the are caught up in sensory consciousness and figurative thought. They know of no other existence except one where there is impermanence, suffering, and a lack of self.
When it comes to “right view” (samyag-drishti) of the Noble Eightfold Path (arya-astanga-marga), whereby the normal temporal view of reality is transcended, worldlings (prithagjana) have no satisfactory understanding of right view and certainly they lack its accomplishment. Another way of describing right view, is it refers to true vision as opposed to the ordinary person’s false vision of reality in which they are trapped in the world of samsara.
Right view is described in the Mahacattarisaka Sutta as being noble (aryan), without defilements (anâsrava), and supermundane (lokottara) (M. iii. 73). Mind is said to be noble and and without defilements (anâsrava-citta). According to the Buddha the arising of defilements (âsrava) is the arising of ignorance (M. i. 54). Right view is really to see nirvana for the first time (M. i. 510).
Without right view the Noble Eightfold Path is impossible to complete. It races ahead of them all.
"As to this, monks, right view comes first. And how, monks, does right view come first? From right view proceeds right aspiration, from right aspiration proceeds right speech, from right speech proceeds right action, from right action proceeds right livelihood, from right livelihood proceeds right effort, from right effort proceeds right mindfulness, from right mindfulness proceeds right concentration, from right concentration proceeds right gnosis, from right gnosis proceeds right liberation” (M. iii. 75–76).