Weeks ago this book shouted its obvious appeal as a blog post. If dropped it is a toe breaker. Reading and hearing on TV discussion about the book you can understand the page count:
"Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson’s life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives." (http://paul-auster.com/)Hodges' model encourages us to understand one life interpreted through the four strands - the care domains - that must contribute to the braided thread that forms all our lives. When at least those lives are able to flourish and prosper. Central to the model are the ideas of 'health career' and 'life chances'. How many lives are cut short by genetics, interventions by nature, politics ... as in the current DEC crises? When interviewed (BBC 2) Auster stressed the significance of an event early in his life, when still a child.
|Timeline - Past to Future|
We can also imagine Hodges' model being centered on the timeline running from the here-and-now projected out into the future. A series of frames: current; potential and actual. The use of actual here is less idealistic than suggested in Maslow's hierarchy, but reflects the primacy of mindfulness at present. It is more about immediate plans being realised. Perhaps the term realised may be better? Mindfulness is not directly concerned with goals and objectives of course, it is about being in the moment. Hodges' model is in the moment in the sense of being situated.
If the model is not centered on the timeline, as ideally envisioned, what are the consequences? Perhaps this could account for an inability to integrate the matter of our lives. We are disconnected, alienated, malcontented, disenfranchised, depressed, apolitical, asocial, psychotic even unconscious...
As our DNA spirals, the Moon around the Earth, the Earth around the Sun, the Sun around the galaxy ... so too our lives.