This Book, this Essay began as a response to Peter Berger et al’s , ‘The Homeless Mind’, and their concerns for the influence of Modernism on Societies. My interests and focus is both broader and wider; taking in the intellectual roots of western sociology and the earliest historical roots of the European Home; drawing on; Sociological Biography, Phenomenology, Multiple Realities, DIY techniques, Philosophy, Poetry, Consciousness and Spirituality, also with brief references to my cat!
Usually each one of these would stand alone, perhaps as a conventional essay. But to combine them into a single entity, and to maintain a ‘flow' between ideas with varied resonances, required something more integrative; in this case derived from the spirit of Husserl’s phenomenology, the Epoque, freely applied throughout, not only to signify the tentativeness of personal opinion, but also as an example of multiple realities, and as tributaries of thought and beliefs feeding the great river of civilisation.
The “Homely Mind’, of the title of this essay is one, more of a certain hope than achievement, as it might possibly be in most cases of all times and all places. So in the meantime, the best we can do is to endeavour to ‘keep the home fires burning’ as that sign of the ‘sacred flame of life’.