This blog describes, depicts, and delves into modes of human becoming. These modes aren’t merely “ideas” but instead are the real means people make use of to truly arrive somewhere and be both who and what they want to be. This emerges in and arises out of the same organic process we all live and know as human experiencing. Its classic forms are found in cultures the world over — visible outwardly in architecture and archeology of course, but inwardly as well in the foundational acts we know personally that recur in us over and over again: bespeaking, believing, beholding, behesting, besteading, belonging, and behaving — manifest in the unique ways by which we each genuinely form our bodies and fashion our lives.
My book, The Stuff of a Lifetime: Self, Sense, Soul, and Spirit in Human Experience explores the life-long configurational influence that personal experiencing has on the life of an individual when stretched across its entire span. Because human experience is always simultaneously enacted and embodied, it therefore shapes and molds all the rest of anyone’s life as well — and that very experiencing shows itself plainly in everything one does and becomes. The six bio-sketches completed in the book (with a seventh one coming) are depicted here to start off this blog. They serve as a ready reference in the blog’s ongoing investigation and are meant to help carry its overall exploration even further.
The major modes treated here are :
I. bespeaking . . . and the Artistic experience of life
II. believing . . . and the Religious experience of life
III. beholding . . . and the Philosophic experience of life
IV. behesting . . . and the Historical experience of life
V. besteading . . . and the Political and Economic experience of life
VI. belonging . . . and the Scientific experience of life
No matter how rudimentary a form they may take, nor how convex or convoluted their combinations might be, the effective outcome of these prove powerful and pervasive nonetheless. They shape the sense we have of things to achieve or paths to follow, as we fashion our lives in general and forge our way into the future.
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