Guide to On Just Being
On Just Being is being launched in summer 2021 and new material is being added frequently. This guide will be continually updated as the site grows and evolves.
Each short essay is intended to be complete in itself, and thus can be read in any order. They also build on one another, and I intend to progressively create a cohesive body of work as new material is added.
I have grouped the initial essays into two sections:
The Call to “Know Thyself”
These essays provide an overview of the subject of this endeavor: the quest for self-knowledge – “the Quest” for short.
- Onward Through The Storm lays out the purpose of this effort and briefly makes the case for its relevance in today’s uncertain world.
- Giving Birth to Ourselves offers a view of the journey “to fix ourselves” inspired by off-the-cuff remarks made by James Baldwin in a 1969 interview.
- Recalling Our True Nature presents the underlying philosophy that informs the quest for self-knowledge, encapsulated in one of Jesus’ most famous sayings.
- The Gift at the Heart of the Digital Attention Crisis prefaces the introduction of consciousness in the next section by highlighting how the digital age reveals the critical importance of managing our attention.
Just Being & Our Creative Core
This section discusses the state and nature of our authentic self, the core of our being.
- A Simple Term Illuminates Our Core State describes the nature of our core state of being and gives it an official name, courtesy of the legendary Katharine Hepburn, no less.
- Consciousness at the Core officially introduces the subject of consciousness, declaring it to be what resides at and constitutes the core of our being.
- The Rewards of Reconnecting outlines the life-changing benefits of taking up the Quest.
Soon I will begin to present strategies, methods, tools and techniques to aid our journey of coming to know our authentic core self – a chief purpose of this undertaking. The other primary mission of On Just Being is to advocate taking up the Quest, as I am convinced that so doing can help a person make sense of this volatile time in human history, and help us all co-create a more healthy world. A rather ambitious goal, I admit. However, even if we do not we succeed collectively in confronting our systemic global and national crises, the personal quest to discover and connect to one’s authentic core is of supreme value.
These two pages give some background on this effort: