I am a father, husband, son, brother, colleague, former corporate lawyer, would-be poet, tree-hugger, businessman, bread-baker, singer (in the shower). whistler and introvert who loves people and plants and life. I think a lot, probably more than is healthy. I write so that my thoughts can keep moving – by expressing myself, I make space for new thoughts to come in.
I live in the New Forest in southern England, with my wife and son. I love trees.
ABOUT THIS BLOG: For reasons not clear to me, I have been driven for much of my life by a quest for truth and justice.
I am also intrigued by wholeness – the idea, expressed both in modern physics and in ancient mystical traditions, that underlying everything in the universe is one single energy, the Word (in the Bible), Brahman to the Hindus. E=mc2. Some call her God. How do we live if we take wholeness seriously?
Rather to my surprise, in response to what I consider an insane society we live in, I have ended up as a sort of activist, although I rarely go on protests or marches. Instead I like to play with, and share, words, seeking new perspectives that can expose new truths. My sort of activism was beautifully described by Vaclav Havel, the playright, former dissident and eventually president of the Czech Republic. He wrote that those who refuse to submit to an immoral system can choose to live with truth. “Living within the truth”, he writes, “is an attempt to regain control of one’s own sense of responsibility.” A dissident, or truth-teller, aims to serve life, “to say aloud what they think, to express their solidarity with their fellow citizens, to create as they want and simply to live in harmony with their better self.”
This fits perfectly with my own philosophy. Rather than rant or blame, I seek to explore and to challenge in my quest for truth, and this blog bears witness to my attempts. I look forward to encountering some of you along the way.
OTHER STUFF: Here are some websites which present different aspects of me and my work:
New Forest Advisory; (my advisory service for small businesses – de-mystifying the law)
Riversimple, (eco-car company I am involved with)
Mastery in Sustainability (a personal, ecological and spiritual development course I co-facilitate)
www.patrickandrews.co.uk. (personal website with some old writings)
N.B. I no longer practise as a lawyer – indeed at times in my career I have angrily rejected being called a lawyer. But the label seems to have stuck and so, for this blog at least, I claim it.