2021: A Life of Virtue’s Greatest Hits

I started this blog in 2019 as a way to explore topics and ideas that interested me. It was my attempt to search for meaning, and to connect ideas of philosophy, spirituality and psychology to the issues that we face in the modern world.

Connecting with readers and engaging in discussions with the readers and fellow writers I met along the way is the icing on the cake.

If you attempt to discuss deep philosophical ideas with family or friends, at a party per say, people will usually think that your a bit odd or peculiar. Some will laugh with bewilderment, thinking that you are just trying to ‘pull their leg.’ Others will usually try to change the topic of conversation or quietly escort themselves to the bar.

After all, what can be better than a strong drink to take your mind of the existential predicament of human existence? Make that a double shot of whiskey please.

So, I am grateful to you dear reader for taking the time to read my articles. You make writing these articles a whole lot more enjoyable.

Here are my top 5 most read articles in 2021 based on viewership:

1. Expanding Circles: Spiritual Exercises as a Bridge Towards Cosmopolitanism: A reflection on the interconnectedness of life on earth.

2. The Polarization Series: A Look at our Moral Foundations A look at how to have more constructive dialogues with those who you disagree with.

3. WonderA poem I wrote on awe and wonder I find in the natural world.

4. Lessons from Taoism: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times – Key themes and lessons from the ancient philosophy of Taoism- naively summed up in one sentence “just go with the flow.”

5. Hope – A poem on what keeps me grateful and optimistic in times of uncertainty.

Have a happy and healthy new year. Here’s to a 2022 filled with mindful reflections and engaging discussions.

Best Regards,


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17 thoughts on “2021: A Life of Virtue’s Greatest Hits

  1. Andrew, I am one of many who are delighted that you started this blog. I know what you mean about not finding ready audiences among your friends to have such discussions, which is why I am so lucky to belong to a group of 8 retirees who discuss these kind of topics weekly. Everyone else thinks we’re nuts! 😏 thank you for all the work and thought you put into your posts. Happy New Year!

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  2. Andrew – as always, I appreciate your posts. Keep up the great work. Your writing and your insights are beautiful and inspiring. I sometimes save your emails for a time when I can read them in quite and absorb the message.

    Nicely done and appreciate your contribution

    Wishing you a joyous and safe 2022!



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  3. I find that when I try to talk philosophy people run away. Boring, too intellectual, refuse to believe it could apply to the real world. Maybe even hostile if a particular point hits one of their hot buttons.

    At least in the blog-o-sphere over time you’ll collect followers who are interested in such. People can search for it by keyword and find you rather than you wandering around like Diogenes looking for them.

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  4. Happy, healthy, insightful New Year to you too, filled with meaning and delight! Like many here, I also can relate to the difficulty of finding an eager company to exchange on deeper topics. I used to think people found it too boring but now I am beginning to think that it might actually be a real fear, to look into the depths of our existence. After all, Nietzsche warned us about staring into the abyss 🙂 but hey, on a lighter note, I really enjoy reading your articles and I appreciate all the work you put into creating all this valuable content. Thank you!

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