how about living the christian (orthodox) life in general?
When I'm Orthodox I take it very seriously, too seriously really. When I'm not Orthodox... I guess I think it has some good ideas to live by, but on the whole I don't see a point in living like an Orthodox if you aren't actually Orthodox...
What about general christian virtues and principles of moral thought and action? This is the aspect that interests me the most of anything.
Personally, I think those are the least interesting things about Orthodoxy. I don't see a significant difference between Orthodox morality and that of most other mainstream Christian faiths (speaking collectively, not about individual denominations).
The important difference, regarding virtues and morality, is in its intent. Too often I hear secular minded people espousing support for Christianity because it 'produces moral behavior' or 'good citizens'. This moral behavior is seen as the end product of Christianity. Or, conversely, condemning Christianity because Christian morals preclude behavior which they view as acceptable, or at least not detrimental to society.
But, morality is not the goal of Christianity, nor is it to produce good citizens, although those are worthwhile side benefits. The virtues and moral behaviors Orthodox Christians are called to are merely necessary stepping stones to the single goal of Christianity; Theosis; being united to God.
If a person has no interest in this union, what does their behavior matter, so long as it does not harm others? If one wants seek this union, then they must adapt their behavior accordingly (or, at least strive to, and pray like mad for Grace!).
Anyway, that's how I see it. I'm typing this at the end of a long, eventful day. Hope I'm being at least halfway coherent. I chose "basically" since it was one step down from 'too serious'. "Serious but falling short" would be my pick if it was up there.