Spiritual But Not Religious: An American Ideal

Spiritual but Not Religious: An American Ideal

Institutional religion is fading into obscurity as the rise of science and individualism presents us with a difficult question: what’s next? Reclaiming spirituality as an American ideal, in the spirit of Emerson, offers hope.


MusingMind is a curation of writing, reading & videos; an inventory of contemplative content at large. Grounded in philosophy, the core ethos is to inspire new & reinvigorate ancient ways of experiencing life.

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Josef Pieper 1

“Prudence implies a transformation of the knowledge of truth into decisions corresponding to reality.”

Josef Pieper
Justice (1957)
Dillard 3

“Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed…What do we ever know that is higher than that power which, from time to time, seizes our lives, and reveals us startlingly to ourselves as creatures set down here bewildered?”

Annie Dillard
The Writing Life (1989)
Aquinas 1

“The slenderest knowledge that may be obtained of the highest things is more desirable than the most certain knowledge obtained of lesser things.” ​

Saint Thomas Aquinas
Schwartz Self For Home

“…I found that the way people define the nature of the self dictates how they envision the purpose of life.”

Tony Schwartz
What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America (1995)
Jim Carrey

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”

Jim Carrey


A developing cross between metaphysics and journalism, MusingMind is a digital index of thoughtful, diverse, human responses to the upsettingly vast quagmires of life. Spanning my eclectic writing to collections of books and quotes, the inventory is a record of what I find interesting. Built into every nook of this site, these bites of interestingness tend to gravitate around life’s metaphysical pickles, and I’d like for the MusingMind to evolve into a feast of this variety.

I don’t have many answers, most 20-something-year-olds who think they do tend to be full of crap anyway. What I do believe is that consciousness is the architect of our perceived world, and we can nourish this mental environment by gooming – aimlessly perusing – the infinite fractals of wisdom buried all around us that I’m only beginning to discover. This is the core ethos behind The Musing Mind, seeking to unfetter and open-source this ponderous path. ​

My ulterior motive is to form a collective, bound by curiosity – a digital salon, of sorts – jiving off each other, enriching our myriad trips of inquisition.

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