No, this is not the place to introduce my idiosyncrasies. This Introduction introduces readers to the main topics of the 'manuscript' and prepares the readers for what they can expect. Part of the problem here is I don't know what exactly to expect. This is largely about Ortho-Bionomy but more largely it is orthobionomy. I learned from a rhetoric lecture I 'attended' that there is a point of view that the writer's audience is a fiction. I am the person I am writing to; I write to and for myself. Does that change the fact that my audience is a fiction? Not one bit. The 'writer' is being written by the story being written by the writer. [cliché]
Most immediately, non-philosophically, pragmatically: I am writing this now in preparation for a SOBI-sponsored Study Group, something about The Phases. So I will be focusing my attention on writing about the phases. SOBI asked for notes and some of the 'chapters' in this 'book' will be the notes for that. So now is my audience a fiction? My audience is those few persons who will be attending (Zoom-wise) this study group. I imagine there will be some and can barely imagine what actual people they will be but there will be actual people.
I have a plan to continue building it on to be notes for a presentation at the conference in October 2023 (this is first time I have inscribed 2023) if they select my presentation. The sense will be shifting from the Phases to "Belonging," which is to be the theme.
There are two things going on in the following pages. There is an account of the Phases of Ortho-Bionomy: a bit of history from my recollections and observations, a bit of what each of the seven Phases means, within the context of Ortho-Bionomy, how each is applied. This is intended as background for the study group.
The vision is for Ongoingness; Life continuing on . . . .
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and, if I do not save it, I do not save myself. —JOSÉ ORTEGA Y GASSET
Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be––this is the interrelated structure of reality.
—MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Now, more than ever . . . our place in the universe and the place of the universe in us, is proving to be one of active relationship. That is more than a scientist's credo. The separateness of our lives is a sham. Physics, mathematics, music, painting, my love for you, my work, the star-dust of my body, the spirit that impels it, my politics, clocks diurnal, time perpetual, the roll, rough, tender, swamping, liberating, breathing, moving, thinking nature, human nature and the cosmos are patterned together.
—JEANETTE WINTERSON Gut Symmetries
What you do, what you become, is not my concern. –ROBERT MCCALL