First off please realize everything in here is in process, in a continuous state of becoming. Nothing is finished, settled. If you wander by at various times you might watch as something gets written. All of it is subject to change. Tasks of proofing, editing, rewriting, deleting, amending are ongoing and a bit random. Some will likely never be gotten back to. Mostly I am composing "on the fly." The smarter thing to do would be to compose in a separate word processing program then copy-paste it into the appropriate web page, after proofing. Sometimes I have written large blocks of 'inspired' text, stepped away for just too long a moment, and returned to find the text lost. But writing directly into the web page is enticingly dangerous. The risk of possible loss; the openness to being watched, to be caught in the act, this vulnerability: these would be abandoned. It is these that mostly give me drive to do this thing. I just have to train myself to routinely perform a save.
I should also warn you to be aware of wordplay. There's usually a reason it pops up now and then. It is not just frivolity. There's an example just a few lines above. Just the choice of the words "find" and "lost" put together in this manner is vaguely jarring. "...to find the text lost" rather than to "discover that I'd just written had irretrievably disappeared," or any number of other constructions and word choices.
I have adopted some orthographic and grammatical conventions for myself, which it may be useful to explain.
I also suggest you pay attention to syntax and how the whole thing is 'structured.' Much of the structure is the function. Please grant me some indulgence and forgive my inconsistencies.
How I want to do this is continuously evolving. Consistency in these areas is difficult to achieve and it may be that achieving it would be self-defeating. There are many competing schools of thought and established usage, all if it is propositional and finally up to me. For now...
[I had written the above along with a whole lot more, all that follows until my next note. Then I bumped some keys and it all irretrievably vanished. I was annoyed. Mostly at myself because I know it is much safer to compose in word processing then copy/paste to here. But where's the danger then? It's a weak sort of danger. Rather than reimagine what I' written while it was fresh I decided to take a break from it, shake off the irritation. The process is what the process is. I went and turned composite and incorporated sheets of cardboard there was not enough room in the recycle bin to hold. Let the worms and roaches process it into soil. Now I'm back at it, wondering what else I had written.]
I Capitalize a word when I mean it as that concept; examples:
Humanity : (my) humanity
Life : the life of, our lives, your life is, she's full of life
Body : my body, your body, common usage means the flesh and bone body.
[Italicized text hugged by square brackets]
Usually will be indented to the next level, as seen just above. Text about the text. It might be describing the context in which the writing is emerging or comment about the text. It may be just a digression. It is a way of doing footnoting. It's a bit postmodern.
I asked a friend to take a look at my new web presence. The question he asked, "How do I play the game?" He was already playing it. Some explanation may be needed. That will follow here as I have time to sketch it out. Part of playing the game is to track where things are added.
[Having gotten feedback I have decided to use two colors. Thank you orthobionomer Ellen Lewis. I am using something I read long ago in Merleau-Ponty, The Phenomenology of Perception, as a guide. He reports in there on some German research. Colors in the red-yellow range support a moving outward and away from so this color, a wine red, will take you to some external web site. A blue-green range of colors facilitates inward motion, so this color will indicate an internal link. Here's a separate little branch. I wondered when I read that in Phenomenology of Perception, about what astronomers call the "red shift." This is why they say the universe is expanding, everything is moving away from everything else. But this information comes to us from the very act of looking outward. Maybe all we are seeing is our own looking? What would happen if we shifted our gaze more inward, a blue-green shift? I will probably come back to this in some of the stories ahead. Back to this web book, it will take me some time to go through and make all the changes of red to green.]
Ideally, there will be changes every day. Some of the changes will be triggered by interactions with readers/players.
Start someplace and see where it takes you.
My own "string theory" of how to play the game:
To start just pick a thread (a string), whatever grabs you by the fancy, and follow it through the maze, see where it takes you. Go ahead and get distracted, switch to a thread of a different color. In the process you will be learning orthobionomy and how you might apply these principles of meeting the world on its own terms, meeting her at least half-way, trusting Ariadne will guide you safely to the other side.
The boundaries of this maze are continuously expanding and growing.
Feedback will change the game. Questions, comments and such probing will change the stings; add some, delete some, change the arrangements. Money, too, is a useful form of feedback. Soon there will be some obvious ways to donate and to purchase "product."
It is also necessary that an audience grows, that's largely up to me but some to you as well.
The Game right now is being dominated by Covid-19, coronavirus. How do we get together, which is something we as a species need to do, in the space being defined for us by a virus? I offer a way to play that version of the Game. I call it Love in the Time of Coronavirus.
This is a great idea and I am interested in playing
Sounds like a very intriguing way to introduce the Concept of Ortho bionomy to us beginners.
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
"Don't immanentize the eschaton."