Congolese children play on a destroyed military tank in Kibumba, DRC. Source: Prime Collective.
These were the most viewed posts of the year. It wasn’t the biggest year for this blog in terms of number of visitors, but there were a few highlights. Themes included war, human frailty, sex and love. I ranked them below, with #1 being the most read.
13) …And They Shall Beat Their Tanks into Playgrounds (Mar 24th, 70 words)
A simple collection of photos that I thought would inspire hope. “And they shall beat their swords into plowshares.”
12) Thoughts on PTS and “Moral Injuries” (Jun 24th, 898 words)
“If there is any good news, perhaps it’s that individuals who suffer a moral injury must, almost by definition, have some deep reservations about certain acts of violence. After all, one’s sense of morality cannot be injured if it didn’t exist in the first place. Secondly, the concept of ‘injury’ implies that healing is possible.”
11) Did the Atomic Bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki Affect Child Growth? (Jun 1st, 705 words)
Yes. A look at some old data.
10) Courage and the Past (Apr 20th, 710 words)
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” ― James Baldwin
9) Confronting Human Frailty (Mar 4th, 557 words)
Seeking lessons from the Tragic and Utopian perspectives of human nature.
8) “The Fundamental Connection That We All Share” (Jul 28th, 222 words)
Very short post on President Barack Obama’s observing famous fossils in human evolution. All people have evolved from our common origins. We’re all connected.
7) “To Tame the Savageness of Man” (Aug 4th, 981 words)
Another attempt at finding hope. “Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.” –Robert F. Kennedy, on the night of Martin Luther King’s assassination (1968)