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Why Can't People Respond to Orgonomy?

No orgonomy, thanks, we're British

Here's some up-to-date information about happenings in the UK that are relevant to the question of UK interest or lack of it in orgonomy. C O R E has for the second time been denied access to a public, open breast-feeding festival. (See our News Page for details of this disaster.) That refusal is not UK apathy, it is downright, extreme hostility. In the paragraph below I mention the forthright committment of our Italian friends and compare it with the conditional interest shown by UK enquirers, if they show any interest at all, that is. So many Brits claim to be interested and offer the Earth. I have even had enquiries from people in the media expressing an interest in 'making a program about Wilhelm Reich.' As soon as we get down to particulars they disappear.

Relevant to the encounter below at the West Lancs Green Fayre, here is the other side of the coin, what happens when you tell people in other countries about orgonomy. For those of you not following events, I gave presentations on the Reich blood test, the bion experiments, and the use of orgone therapy in childbirth at the recent conference in Rome. The talk on the bions was only a talk with a couple of short video clips shown from my videos on YouTube. We didn't have a microscope available. On the last evening of the meeting, after having heard my talks and not got to know me any more than you can from listening to a speaker, a young couple came up to me, introduced themselves to me, and asked if they could come and visit me in England to learn how to do the bion experiments themselves. After a few e-mails between us, they are now going to be visiting in November! People from the UK NEVER react like that. It's always, some day, one day, when I have got the time, when I can afford it, etc, etc, and almost always the person handing out these excuses disappears in the end and I never hear from them again. Two other individuals came up to me and thanked me for an inspiring talk on the bions and said they were planning to buy a microscope and to do the experiments themselves. Participants bought 20 copies of Artificers. And a young woman from Greece, active in the natural birth movement there, asked me to come to Greece to do a week's teaching there on the topic of birth and orgone therapy. Yet again, these things just do not happen in the UK. (17. 10. 13.) (PS The two Italians have since visited C O R E and learnt how to do a basic bion experiment and the Reich blood test. The invitation to teach at a natural birth seminar is coming to fruition this autumn, 2015, with any luck.)

On Observing Visitors to the West Lancs Green Fayre

This is becoming a bit of a blog, isn't it? Here are some further thoughts inspired by watching visitors circulating in the 'healthy life-styles' marquee, to which C O R E's stall was allocated at this event over the weekend of July 20th-21st. C O R E's stall attracted less attention than any other stall. I spent a lot of time doing nothing, waiting for passing people to show an interest. I could see people's lifeless eyes flitting over the stall and passing on, unable to recognise or pigeon-hole what they were seeing. This inability would produce a fleeting look of unease and suppressed curiosity and the person would quickly look away and move on. A very small number of people came up to ask about the accumulator and what life-energy research is about and we had some long and very interesting and interested conversations. People took away the free information leaflets on offer but only a tiny number of people bought any of our booklets. Normally, at an orgonomic event my booklets sell like hot cakes and I rarely take any back home. Contrary to its name, this was not a green event at all, it was really just entertainment and a 'family day-out.' So C O R E was there on false pretences and did not fit in to the event at all. My neighbour in the tent was the World Development Movement stall and the brave woman manning that was trying to draw people's attention to the iniquity of gambling on food prices to make money. She had more custom than C O R E but not that much. People don't want to know, do they, not just about orgonomy, but about anything that is really important. The birth of a royal baby excites people more than a possible solution to the planet's environmental problems, for example, not to mention our relentless social and political difficulties.

One interesting experience showed me graphically how deep the fear of 'life-energy' is amonst the general public. I was explaining about orgonomy and the little accumulator on the stall to a woman and she seemed positively interested. I offered to show her how she could feel her own energy in motion within her own body. Her eyes immediately went blank, I felt her shutting me out, axing contact, and withdrawing as fast as she could go. She almost ran out of the tent. The look of panic on her face was a real eye-opener. Doubtless many people, perhaps most, feel the same when confronted with the possibility of feeling their own energy. On the other hand, a much older gentleman was very interested in what I was telling him and did want to feel his own energy moving. It was clear from his reaction to my little demonstration on him that he certainly had felt it moving. His wife remarked on how different he looked. And this was after  a few minutes' simplified orgone therapy! Unfortunately there are many more people who are terrified of feeling their own orgone energy in motion than there are who feel delighted to sense this sign of aliveness. (23. 7. 13.)

Further Thoughts on the Lack of Interest in Orgonomy

Here are some further thoughts on this important topic, which exercises me almost all the time, since the main difficulty I have in establishing orgonomy in the UK is the complete absence of any other actively interested co-workers. Orgonomy is frustrated at every turn by this absence. Just imagine what it feels like!  I post these thoughts on the website, as there is no other outlet for important orgonomic news and ideas. 

(Added April 11th, 2013) Here's a quote from one of Reich's works in which he describes very clearly the situation that orgonomy finds itself in.

'Wherever armoured life presides over the scene of social intercourse, all activity is essentially traceable to:

1. A surfeit of words and and concepts which serve only to distract from the simple, basic principles of life.

2. Tense enthusiasm whenever armoured beings encounter the uncomplicated laws of unarmoured life.

3. Complete inability of armoured individuals to utilize these simple laws in a practical manner, resulting in disappointment and hateful persecution of everything even vaguely reminiscent of of unarmoured living.'

The extract above is taken from People in Trouble, page 257 of the currently available paperback edition published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1976.

Further to the comments below, I was, for a few seconds this morning, delighted to see that my YouTube video on Robert Brown and Wilhelm Reich and mainstream science's con-trick about 'Brownian motion' has now attracted 7000 viewers. (Now, June, 2016, the number is more than 15,000.)  Quite a landmark, eh? An occasion for celebration? Until you look at the viewing statistics, which show that the average viewing time devoted to this 10-minute video over the last month is three minutes! But, incredibly, this video holds viewers for much longer than any other of C O R E's videos on YouTube. The average viewing time for one of them is zero! Other average times are from one to two minutes. There is me, to begin with, thinking what a wonderful medium YouTube is, providing a tiny, ignored community, orgonomy, with a voice in the world, but what is happening is that we are being swept into the gutter along with all the meaningless rubbish that YooTube peddles. Not a comforting thought. And the same is happening with this website. When I think of the time and effort it took to make those videos, not to mention the labour needed almost every day to keep this website alive and up to date.... Is it worth it? It is undeniable, I presume, that these statistics conceal the occasional viewer and site-visitor who watches to the end and who reads carefully, full of interest and response. Clearly, these rare people are very unusual. Thanks for your deeper interest if you are one of those. (25. 1. 13.)

Anyway... yes, these thoughts have been inspired by checking on the viewer statistics for the videos on my YouTube channel. The video first posted on this channel, Robert Brown and Wilhelm Reich has now had well over 8,000 viewers. (PS, July 2016 - the total is now about 16,000.) The YT statistics system tells you how many viewers have watched a video over the previous month and how many minutes they have spent watching it. For this video, which is about 10 minutes long, the total viewers over the last 30 days were 222 and the number of minutes spent watching where about 460, if I remember correctly. In other words the average viewing time was only a little over 2 minutes!

This reflects something that I notice more and more and which is one of the many cultural barriers to orgonomy, quite apart from the deep psychological ones discussed in my earlier essay on the topic. (See below.) These obviously interact with each other and the 'cultural' is only a reflection of deeper psychological currents and energy patterns. It seems to me that our present-day cultural habits of surfing rapidly and superficially, of people's obsession with attractive 'sound-bytes'  and pleasing, sudden flashes of shallow gratification is a huge barrier to orgonomy or any other sphere of knowledge, skill, or craft, where one needs to make close contact with what one is studying and give oneself time to absorb what we are in touch with. The topic of that video deserves a whole book and I have, in fact, written a short book on the history of Brown's and Reich's experiments. It is has now been published. A ten-minute video of it is just a compressed, concise version of the history. A two minute watch of that compressed history will tell you hardly anything. Obviously viewers watch briefly, decide it is not interesting enough for them, and turn off and move on to something else. This superficial surfing of demanding intellectual topics is not going to allow anyone to really engage with them.

This habit of hopping from one thing to another after only a few minutes and in many cases a few seconds is the cultural norm nowadays. It is deeply inimical to a profound subject like orgonomy. Any subject that demands the commitment of time and energy before you can engage with it, make some meaningful emotional contact with it, is a loser before we even start. Most people now, especially young people, simply cannot attend to one thing without distraction for more than a few minutes and many seem unable to focus on anything at all. The same tendency shows up in our website statistics. The average time spent on the site is less than two minutes and the average time spent on a page is less than one minute! This suggests to me that most site-visitors are doing little more than window-shopping, like someone who walks down a street in a town, idly looking at the things in the shop-windows, and sees an attractive dress or book in a window and says to themselves, without even stopping or slowing down, 'Ooh, that looks nice, maybe I'll buy one of those next time I need a dress,' or 'maybe I'll read that some day,' and forgets about it as they move on to the next distraction.

(This paragraph added 30th April, 2013.) Last weekend I read something in The Guardian Review that confirms this feeling about modern cultural habits. The writer is a lecturer in English literature at a UK university and said how her students actually objected to being asked to read a whole novel by George Eliot - 'What, all of it?' It seems to me obvious that if you go to university to study English literature you will expect, even want, to read lots of novels. Why study literature at all, unless you want to read things? Anyone wanting to get to grips with orgonomy is going to have to read at least one, longish, solid text just to get an idea of what it is about. To really get a true feeling for it and a real understanding of what Reich wrote, discovered and researched, you are going to need to read possibly 8 whole books, some of them quite long and solid. If you are young enough to think about doing such a thing, it might be a good idea to undertake a degree in a relevant subject - biology, psychology, microbiology, physics, and so on, depending on your interests and particular talents. If the prospect of reading one book is too much for you, you are not going to want to embark on this journey, are you?

While watching one video on YT I noticed a comment by someone that said that he had watched about 2,000 videos on YT and this was the first one he had watched to the end! What an arid, sterile life that bespoke, of endless hoppping from one item to another, without ever completing anything, without ever making real contact with anything. It makes me think of a politician circulating at a party, smiling emptily and squeezing the hand of everyone he meets without being aware of a single person as a complete human being.

I do not know how orgonomy can break through this massive cultural barrier. I just present my thoughts for your perusal. Many people outside orgonomy suggest a marketing approach to this problem, advise me to make C O R E's site more attractive, etc, etc. But someone who stays on the site because of 'cool' graphics, and attractive background sound-tracks, etc, is not going to stay with orgonomy for more than five minutes, are they? The emotional pathways of attraction are totally different. When I first read The Function it was not because of the appearance of the book. It was because it spoke to me. I immediately recognised it, after a couple of pages, as a book that had something profound and important to say to me. I would have read the text if it had been type-written or even hand-written. (At that time, in the Soviet Union, that was exactly how many people did read forbidden books written out by other dissidents in the underground.) Such a committed search for the truth is unimaginable now in the west, isn't it? If something is not cheap, easily digested, and visually pleasing, it is ignored. That's rather like junk food, isn't it?

By the way, the poor quality of C O R E's web-site, which I readily recognise, is completely down to my very limited abilities with computer graphics and web-design. It is in effect a series of Word pages with the odd picture inserted here and there. (The pictures cause me endless problems.) C O R E needs a local helper with skills in this field. If we had 50 or 100 supporters and co-workers, doubtless one of them would have those skills, but as we have not a single co-worker who comes and helps actively, the site will have to stay as it is for the time being. I don't think its shortcomings put off the serious seeker. One friend abroad thinks that C O R E's site is the best orgonomic site on the whole web! So it must be getting something right. For all its shortcomings, it continues to attract a slowly increasing number of visitors. In 2010, when it was first posted, the daily average was 12. This has now risen to 51 in October, 2012. (It is now up to 60+, January, 2013.) These averages must conceal the odd visitor who spends a long time with us, reading everything. (4. 11. 12.) (PS Added 29. 7. 13. Now for some unknown reason fewer people are visiting C O R E's website and the daily average is down to the fifties again. One day this month there was a bizarre peak of 159 on one day, but I have no idea what could have caused this exceptional increase for a single day.)

Personal comments added July, 2012

The essay below was written in several instalments in June and July of this year. As I mulled over my verbal reply to people at the Carunchio conference it seemed important to find some serious answers to this eternal question. I feel the three areas touched on - mysticism, the 'too-muchness' of orgonomy, and the sense of a demand that people experience when they touch it are all valid, but there is still something missing. There are many reasons why people should not join in all sorts of fringe social activities and groups, but for all that they attract a small number of unusual individuals. But in the UK orgonomy attracts no-one! Oh, yes, there are dabblers who have Reich's books on their shelves and tell other people about orgonomy, but there is still, as far as I know in this country, no-one, not a single other person who actually studies orgonomy and carries out research or who does something to put orgonomic knowledge into practice, apart from a tiny handful of therapists in London and possibly one or two others dotted about the country. I still have no-one on whom I can call for help with my various orgonomic projects, not a single soul! These therapists are conspicuously absent on the rare occasions when C O R E manages to run an event. None of them came to our 2007 conference, in spite of being sent circulars about it, and none showed any interest in our 2010 Easter school and none have shown any interest in our summer school running this year in August, even though the Easter school drew in professionals from other countries, a medical doctor and other people with PhDs and other professional qualifications.

How can it be that there is only, it seems, one person in the whole country who has whatever qualities and abilities that are needed to work actively for orgonomy? Can I be that unusual? Surely not! And yet, as we say in English, the proof of the pudding.... Why should the situation here be so much more difficult than in, for example, Greece or Italy or Spain or Brazil or the USA? Anyway, here's the text of the essay.

Why Can't People Respond to Orgonomy?

After I had explained to those attending the recent seminar in Italy the orgonomic principles of work democracy and functional authority, one of the listeners asked a very important and thoughtful question. It was this: Indian philosophy and medicine is just as 'different' as orgonomy, but has been known about widely in the west for decades and has many followers. Why is there no interest in orgonomy and often extreme hostility to it? These are not the exact words of the original question, but that is more or less what was asked. As I battle to attract some interest in orgonomy in the UK, I every day wonder about exactly this, why so few UK inhabitants show any interest in orgonomy, but the question applies to any country, even if there is more interest in, say, Italy than in the UK. The UK is only an extreme example of something that applies everywhere.

I have thought so much about this question as my orgonomic activities in this country are blocked by the complete absence of support and help from other people. I can only advance in areas where I do not need any help, even though the help I need is of the simplest sort, much of the time, just an extra pair of hands. So my answer to this important question was not an off-the-cuff one, it was the result of a lot of thought, study, and experience.

As I explained to the questioner, in looking for an answer to this question we bump up against the dreadful influence of mysticism. I explained briefly the orgonomic understanding of mysticism. This answer is my own explanation for the lack of interest in orgonomy and, of course, may be quite wrong. Please let me know what you think of my answer.       

Remember, this was an audience to whom many orgonomic concepts were quite new, so I had to explain in some detail. They had already heard an explanation of how armouring occurs and how it defends an individual against the pain of unsatisfied primary needs.

So... an orgonomic, or more precisely, an orgone-therapeutic understanding of mysticism. Mysticism is loosely used to brand any experience or thought that cannot be 'scientifically' validated. I do not use it in that sense at all. I use it to describe the 'philosophy' or character attitude towards the world that we see in a certain sort of person. This person will have, unknowingly, adopted a mystical defence to cope with the childhood difficulties that he or she was confronted with. A mystical character defence is a very clever one, as it allows a person to retain a great deal of their aliveness compared to that of other character types, in particular, compulsives and straightforward phallic types. The compulsive seems much deader and boring and obsessive, while the phallic seems much harder and aggressive than the mystic, though, I daresay, if we are going to analyse character types down to their minutiae, mystical character types are usually phallic or hysteric types. The mystical character type will typically be very alive and attractive and often creative and artistic. (See Reich's Character Analysis for more information on particular character types.)

Anyway, for whatever reason, a mystic cuts themselves off from their inner psychic pain in such a way that they do not become hard and resistant throughout. They still retain a sense of aliveness and an awarenss of bio-energy. They will, initially be quite positive towards orgonomy, for example. The idea of a life energy or life-force will be thoroughly reasonable to them, even obvious. But, in some strange way, whose origins I do not understand in detail myself, they project all their sense of aliveness, indeed most of their sensations, onto the world and other people around them. They will be full of a massive yearning for contact with 'God' or the past, or some abstract aim in life that they have adopted as their own. They will look to authorities or gods or experts for solutions to their problems. They will expect salvation from others and even when they achieve something themselves, they will give the credit to someone or something else, a guru, a god, a spirit, the state of the planets, and so on. They have little sense of their own worth and own potency in life and see all these positive attributes that an unarmoured child does not lose contact with as outside themselves and in the hands of others. Although people with a mystical character structure are usually very attractive, outgoing, and lively and seem to have plenty of free energy, when you get to know them better, you will almost certainly find that they have had a very difficult childhood and been emotionally abused and neglected.

Mystics have a strong tendency to passive admiration and adulation. They are much happier thinking someone else is wonderful than they are rolling their sleeves up and getting on with a simple, down-to-earth job in which their own gifts and abilities are validated. They love their heroes and need them for their character structure to work. I learnt this the hard way, as we say in English, (I am very aware that most of my readers are going to be non-native speakers of English.) I used to use 'lightweight' orgone therapy with all the women I looked after in labour and they all appreciated this and found it helpful. Often a few minutes of supported orgone-therapeutic breathing would transform a woman's experience of her labour. But not one of these women asked me how this worked and whether they could learn to do it themselves and to teach it to other expectant mothers. They just told me I was 'wonderful.' One woman, an ante-natal patient, not a woman in labour, was once suffering the agonies of kidney pain, apparently the most excruciating pain known to humans, and I with some difficulty persuaded a doctor to prescribe her some morphine until the crisis was over, which it soon was. She told me in a thank-you card that I was 'an angel in disguise.' As I read her card I realised suddenly how that position was so much more comfortable for her than down-to-earth emotional contact.

Boris Becker, the German tennis-player, in his autobiography, describes this mystical worship on the faces of his fans as he walked onto court to play. Amazingly, and all power to him for his intelligent analysis, he connects this worshipful passivity to the support for the Nazi dictatorship. Too true. (A good example of how many people who have never read a word by Reich intuitively understand exactly what he was trying to say and to establish scientifically in his book The Mass Psychology of Fascism.)

Mystics are, therefore, easy fodder for demagogues, charismatic leaders, especially charismatic therapists and gurus, and experts who they adopt to cure their troubles. So, and here is the connection with Indian or other esoteric philosophies and mystics' indifference towards orgonomy, they have a strong otherworldliness about them and love distant, different, far away things. They look towards these for solutions. So they ignore local, down to earth, simple, self-initiated solutions to life's difficulties and do not even see them when they trip over them. They attribute their problems to outer, distant causes, whereas orgonomy sees the causes as within ourselves, in front of us. The mystic will talk of the life-force, but find such a mundane device as an orgone accumulator uninteresting and meaningless. He cannot connect it with some distant, other-worldly force or figure. His, and especially her, energy is more excited by an ancient manuscript, for example, that she cannot even read, except in a summarised translation, than by direct contact with someone in front of them with their feet on the ground who offers a simple, within-the-possible solution. So Indian philosophy or an Indian guru is more exciting than orgonomy with its deep contact with reality. Many mystics assume automatically, without question, that any solutions to our culture's problems are going to be 'out there', in India or China, or buried in the past, in some long-forgotten 'ism' that no-one knows about any longer. The very distance between the mystic and these 'solutions' is what excites her. (For some reason that I do not understand, women seem to be more attracted to mysticism than men.)

Another effect of mysticism is that even though the mystic pays lip-service to the life-force or whatever he or she wants to call it, when confronted with the orgone, either evidence of it in a book, or an experiment, or what a person is saying, doing, or feeling, he or she will run from it, terrified of its power. In particular, the mystic will not be the least bit interested in any experiment to investigate or demonstrate anything. She just loves assertions, theories, fantasies, anything except reality.

I get a few e-mail enquiries via C O R E's website, full of enthusiasm for Reich as a persecuted voice in the wilderness, often pairing him with other 'victims', such as Tesla or Schauberger or Steiner or oriental gurus. These enquirers soon drift away, when I make it clear that I am not at all interested in mystical explanations for our culture's woes. It is possible to mystify any desirable movement or yearning, many of which have authentic, grounded campaigns fighting for the recovery of various human activities or experiences, such as natural birth, organic agriculture, natural approaches to health-care, education, and so on. It is not the search or topic that is mystical, it is the approach. 

Mystics do not seem very interested in research or facts and love to make huge claims that are, to them, obviously true, and for which they have little or no evidence. Most mystics would not know an experiment if they fell over one, not even if you wrapped it round their neck, and are not interested in experimentation to discover the truth or a better truth than we have so far. They seem happier with admiring a guru or saviour than finding a solution that they can put into practice themselves.

So, many, many people who are sympathetic to ideas about life-energy move away from any grounded investigation of it into mystical new age philosophies and activites. Orgonomy falls in between these people and the armoured, scientific community, who see orgonomy, if they are ever aware of it, as mystical nonsense, mistaking it for yet another new age philosophy. When they are aware of it, they feel very threatened indeed by it, as orgonomy is interested in evidence, facts and experiments, and is a significant threat to orthodox science, whereas mysticism is fluffy, smoky, and in the end meaningless.

Reich wrote cogently about mysticism, the process by which mysticism is anchored in the individual, and the roots of fascism in mysticism in The Mass Psychology of Fascism. He wrote in some detail about the various character types and their tendencies in Character Analysis. I urge students of orgonomy who wish to study these questions further to get to grips with these texts.

It seems that as soon as social distress reaches a certain level in a culture people surge towards mysticism. We see this occurring in our own society now, and it has happened many times in history. There is a good description of this social process in the Middle Ages in Norman Cohn's In Pursuit of the Millenium. It happened in the nineteenth century amongst the English working classes after the collapse of  Chartism, in Russia after the collapse of communism, in England during the distress brought about by the Civil War in the seventeenth century, and in many other contexts. (This is my own idea and as far as I know there are no relevant references that you can follow up except in my booklet on Orgonomy and History, which is just a more detailed version of the argument presented here.)

The huge influence of new-age mysticism is a powerful barrier to the spread of knowledge of orgonomy in the world and I do not know what we can do about it. Mystics have a tendency to veer off into authoritarian, even racist opinions and can be socially very dangerous, if they acquire much influence. Nazism exploited heavily the mystical, impotent yearnings of the German workers to come to power. It is a potent, lethal force in the world today and is an enormous barrier to the solving of problems to which we already have answers.  

Added, May 28th, 2012.

Another deterrent that prevents people from accepting orgonomy is the sheer 'too-muchness' of it. This expresses itself in various understandable, but illogical ways. A common objection is that all this could not possibly be true, because if it were, ordinary science would have discovered it already! (Wonderful logic, that!) Another implication of this too-muchness is that the world is bonkers and that almost everything that we see, do, or experience in everyday life is in some deep way, false, sick, and unreal. This is a massive realisation to take on board, one almost unbearable to maintain, in the face of the relentless unreality and idiocy of a crazy world that are blasted at us from all sides by other people and the media. At a time of economic crisis, what we are going through at the moment, the intensity of this unreality becomes more and more severe. If the things that Reich discovered are true, then the consequences and implications are impossibly profound and far-reaching, so much so, that we realise our whole world is unreal, anti-life, and in need of remaking. This realisation would be particularly deep and shattering for those working in spheres that bump up against the effects of armouring and the emotional plague, for example, almost all the 'caring' professions - medicine, nursing, midwifery, social work, education, childcare, not to mention science and agriculture. It is far more bearable to just think that our society needs a bit of tinkering here and there and everything will be alright. Let's just 'fix the economy', get everybody a decent job, and things will be OK. (We have been trying to 'fix the economy' for more than a couple of centuries now and don't seem to be getting any nearer getting it fixed at all. And that's only if we go back to the beginning of the market economy at around 1780-1800.)

Asking people to take orgonomy on board is like asking someone who has been a vicar all his life to admit that God does not, after all, really exist. There might be the odd strong individual who could cope with such a realisation, but most people would just not have the guts and independence of spirit to admit the truth and stand on their own two feet. Yet again, I have no idea how we can get round this problem. It is like asking an alcoholic to do without his alcohol, a drug-addict to manage without his fix. Difficult, if not impossible. (Thanks to Danny Lowe for reminding me of the force of this argument. My explanation above, resting on the power of mysticism, had ignored this side of the argument completely. They are of course, connected, as mysticism is one of the sedatives that people drug themselves with in order to avoid acknowledging how bad things are.)

Another reason why people do not feel attracted to orgonomy is that it demands something of everyone who gets involved. It does not, like marketing or a religion, offer anything in the short term. As you may have noticed, this site contains frequent anguished calls for help from me. I am sure that people experience that as burdensome. They don't visit a website to be asked to do something. They go to get something and orgonomy offers nothing in the superficial consumerist way that most sites offer. People may answer back, yes, they do want something, they want your money. Exactly, but that is a transaction that people expect, that they can cope with. Emotionally it demands nothing.

There are so few active orgonomists in the world that if someone has a bright idea, an original suggestion for some research project, for example, my probable reply is going to be, 'Oh, yes, that's a good idea. Why don't you get down to it and investigate it?' Almost certainly no-one else will have thought of doing it. Getting down to it and investigating it may well involve studying for a university degree in the subject concerned, three years for a start, possibly longer, and then there's the time needed to set things up, buy your apparatus/books/research materials, etc, and establish yourself in the world, so that you have the necessary facilities to get on with your research. Don't fool yourself that someone from a rich funding organisation is going to come along and offer you money to support your project. You are going to have to do it yourself. Who wants to get this message when they are 20 or 25, say, and getting started out in life? Unfortunately the answer, certainly in the UK at least, is - next to nobody.

So that is three good reasons why people can't let themselves respond actively to orgonomy. And if those are not enough, there are probably others that I haven't even thought of. Depressing, isn't it? Oh, silly me, I forgot to mention the stuff that the government put in the water supply. Sorry about that. It's my age. That makes four.

First posted April 13th, 2012, last revised July 31st, 2016.

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