en.light.en.ment book revisions

Hello - a note to reviewers

and new readers

I call my book a 'Living Book'; it is very topical and I revise it frequently. On this page you can track revisions ... if you have an earlier edition, you can see here which is the current edition and how new editions have been updated.

en.light.en.ment is also available from Amazon and other online retailers.

* Note: the retail-volume will only be updated once a year, i.e. last year's retail book was en.light.en.ment 2019, edition 49,  this year's is en.light.en.ment 2020 edition 57. Next year's will be en.light.en.ment 2021 ... the edition available here on my website from Lulu is always updated.

There are other advantages ordering from Lulu: The shipping costs with Amazon are nearly double Lulu's and a shipment from Lulu often arrives within a week, rarely later then seven or eight days. Amazon shipments take longer.

An easy way to keep up with the latest changes is to order the e-book; please note, the e-book is formatted as a PDF, hence it is not available for e-book readers nor suitable for smart phones, but perfect for computers and tablets ...

... however, remember, the reason why I wish for you to use the paperback is that it's a much better reading experience; with my one-page essays it is easier to browse the printed book: Open it randomly, allow yourself to be surprised.

Below is an overview of the changes to en.light.en.ment through the editions.

from Lulu

Edition 74     this is the current en.light.en.ment edition, for sale from Lulu, here through my website

MONEY    I added two footnotes: some of Einstein's wisdom and the wisdom of the Babylonians

FREEDOM schmeedomnew essay

FREEDOM 2    new essay

ECONOMICS    new essay

ENVY    new essay

EMPIRICISM    new essay

XLI     new page, CoViD 19: Vaccinate? Yes? No? Maybe? (an edited version of my blog 1082)

ENLIGHTENMENT 2    I added one more footnote: 
"So, what does it mean to live with an enlightened attitude to life?"


Edition 73


ATTENTION    new essay

WATER    new essay

NON-PEACE    new essay

PALESTINE    new essay

Edition 72

CANCEL CULTURE    I added a footnote with the case study of Liz Cheney and Donald Trump

ENLIGHTENMENT 2    I added a footnote about the differences of enlightenment 1, 2 and 3

DREAMING    new essay


Edition 71 

KOAN    new essay

CANCEL CULTURE    new essay


XL     new page, Science & technology; desire & attachments (transcript of my blog 1072)

MIND 1    I added a footnote about philosophies, religion, concepts of spirituality etc 
being processes of the mind

WHAT I BELIEVE     a new point at the bottom, about the belief all beliefs are created in the mind

IDENTITY     new essay about identity politics

SILENCE 2    new essay


Edition 70  

HINDUISM    new essay

DEATH 2    new essay

VEDANTA    new footnote about the Upanishads, with reference to 'the God within'

AI    new footnotes with quotes by Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Bill Gates et al

FIRST CAUSE    new essay

BITCOIN    and   BLOCKCHAIN   new essays


COMPREHENSION    I removed a secondary footnote, 
in order to concentrate on the one issue


Edition 69   

COMPREHENSION    new footnote, regarding the apparent existence (or not) of a personal God

PACIFISM 3    a new footnote, about Sam Harris' take on pacifism from the book The End of Faith

GOD 2    a new footnote, regarding the notion that 'the Kingdom of God is within'


SILENCE    new essay

COMPREHENSION    new essay

LOGOS    new essay

READING    new essay


Edition 68     

SECULARISM    I added a paragraph: Secularism is not against religion per se ...

JUDGEMENT    I added a footnote about maintaining doubt: but that doesn't work with judgements

DRUGS    new essay


ANGER    new essay

GRATEFULNESS    new essay

LISTENING    new essay


Edition 67     

MINIMALISM    new essay: the less, the better

FREE WILL   added a footnote about free will in respect of religions

WONDER    new essay, a meditation

BUSY    new essay, too busy? Think about it

WU WEI    new essay, the art of inaction

DETERMINISM    new essay, do we have free will?


Edition 66

STILLNESS    new essay
VIRTUE    new essay
SEX    new essay
R R R    new essay, the three Rs in education are not enough ... a fourth R is required
RELIGIOUS    new essay, what is a true religious experience?


Edition 65

GUNS 2    new essay about the gun routine by stand-up comic Jim Jefferies, see blog 1054


Edition 64   

XXXIX    new pages about blog 1052: Humanity’s Potential, based on the book THE PRECIPICE:
                  Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity  
AI    new essay

LIE    new essay

MEANING    new essay

PRECIPICE    new essay

ABORIGINAL    new essay


EINSTEIN    added a footnote to E=mc2 about the properties of energy


Edition 63

HUMAN    new essay, what is a human being?

RELIGION 3    updated, with new references re. the notion that only religion can provide ethics


Edition 62    

ARETE    new essay

After reading Chris Hedges': WAR is a FORCE THAT GIVES US MEANING (bitterly poetic war journalism), I added these essays:

WAR 1, 2

WAR / PEACE-CONSCIOUSNESS      I added a footnote re. WAR
PATRIOTISM      I added a footnote re. WAR  

LOVE      I added a footnote re. WAR 

SOLDIERS     I added a footnote re. WAR 


Edition 61     

MUSIC    new essay

EINSTEIN    added a definition for the theory of relativity

THE FUTURE 1    a re-write of THE FUTURE

After reading two new books (new for me) Jordan B. Peterson's 12 Rules For Life and Robert Wright's Why Buddhism Is True, I added to these essays:








Edition 60    

ALTRUISM    new essay


Edition 59     

XXXVIII    the full text of my blog 1001, it’s an extended version of my essay THREE THOUSAND

XXXVII     new page, blog 997, re. an article in the NYT by Richard Flanegan about the  climate emergency

ALONE     I added the idea of still ... being alone and still may lead to experiencing inner peace


Edition 58

HOPE     new essay

PEACE     I re-wrote the footnotes to the essay, after I included the Stanislav Petrov incident

NOW     new essay

SECULARISM     new essay



*Edition 57   en.light.en.ment volume 2020, for sale - throughout 2020 - at Amazon and other online retailers *

XXXVI     new page with the email exchange that forms the background to pages XXXIV and XXXV

STOICISM     added a footnote about Marcus Aurelius's book Meditations

SCRIPTURE     amended essay and added footnotes about the Bible's content on homosexuals

(they shall surely be put to death ...) and husband and wives (the latter shall submit to the former)


Edition 56     

XXXV     new page from blog 985, about religious indoctrination and the question: 

What shall we tell the children

XXXIV     I re-wrote page XXXIII about blog 958 Belief vs Reality

MEDITATION 3     I re-wrote the section about mindfulness meditation

BELIEF     I added the footnote about believing in nothing

FAITH     I added the footnote about the movie Hacksaw Ridge and Desmond Doss

BLASPHEMY     a small update, with an immediate direction to THE TRUTH


Edition 55

DHARMA     new essay

PRESENCE     new essay

XXIV     new page from blog 932 Spirituality and Intellectual Honesty

XXVII    I re-wrote the conditions of the First Filter


Edition 54     

QUALITY     I re-wrote the essay

HAPPINESS     added a footnote about the difference in happiness for Buddhists and us Westeners

DAWKINS     new essay, about the scientist and atheist Richard Dawkins

DUALITY     new footnote about non-dualism in respect of calamities like the Holocaust

MONEY     added the last footnote, about a negative aspect of money

GOD 6     added a section in the footnotes, about cardinal Pell's warped beliefs

XXXIII     amended the appendix page with blog 958 Belief vs Reality, referencing George Pell

COMPLEXITY     new essay, about the chaos in our lives

EXPECTATIONS     made changes, about how expectations are a trap

RENAISSANCE MAN     added Stephen Fry,

the man who displays the effortless superiority that comes with being English


Edition 53     made many changes to formatting and punctuation

GNOSTICISM     new essay, gnostics believed in a world of duality


Edition 52

THREETHOUSAND     amended the time-line of the history of humankind after reading Sapiens

JESUS     amended the footnotes with a reference to Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari

MONEY     amended the footnotes with reference to Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari

FAITH     added the story of Desmond Doss and Hacksaw Ridge

PANPSYCHISM     new essay, panpsychism relates consciousness to the physical world

ETHICS     added a section to the footnotes about the secular nature of ethics

QUALITY     new essay with a definition of Quality, as per ZEN and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


Edition 51

KRISHNAMURTI     added one last thought about meditation

MONEY     added two paragraphs after reading The Barefoot Investor; amended my note re. Bob Proctor to: 'To help you feel rich, visit Bob at'

REALITY 1     a new edit, to the last sentence: There is no God; the belief in the dogma of an interventionist God potentially causes violence and wars

XXXIII     new appendix page with blog 958 Belief vs Reality

PHILOSOPHY     new essaylisting my influences

STOICISM     made edits after I started reading The Daily Stoic

LGBT     added non-binary and cisgender


Edition 50

FREE WILL     added a footnote about Albert Einstein's take on Free Will

HOLOCAUST     amended the definition for Zionism

MINDFULNESS     new essay

SATORI     added six + one paragraphs in the footnotes, about my inner experiences

XXVIII     new appendix page: an abbreviated version of blog 943 about the Fourth Filter

XXIX     new appendix page: an abbreviated version of blog 946 about Albert Einstein's "God Letter"

XXX     new appendix page: an abbreviated version of blog 949 about Albert Einstein's "Cosmic religion"

XXXII     new appendix page: an abbreviated version of blog 953 about Albert Einstein's "Weltbild"



* Edition 49     en.light.en.ment volume 2019, for sale - throughout 2019 - at Amazon and other online retailers *

EINSTEIN, HAWKING     new essay: Hawking

XXIV     new appendix page: an abbreviated version of blog 945 about The Sermon On The Mount

XXVII     new appendix page: an abbreviated version of blog 941 about the Great Filter

JESUS     new essay: Christians believe Jesus to be their Messiah, offering salvation & eternal life

REALITY 1     new essay: There is no God, so there's no point fighting wars of which God is true

REALITY 4     added footnotes with a comment by Krishnamurti, and after reading the book The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking: What is Reality?

SCRIPTURE     added a paragraph in the footnotes, about Jesus' Sermon On The Mount

THE FUTURE 2     new essay: Will humanity survive?

CLIMATE CHANGE DENIALISM     I added a mention of natural, Ice Age causing climate change

WHY     I added three footnotes

XXV     this is the abbreviated version of my blog 938 about Leo Tolstoy and his take on the truth

XXXII     I have re-introduced my UNITY page


Edition 48


XVII     this is a re-write of page 17 in the appendix, my abbreviated version of my blog 482 on truth

JAINISM     made a change referring to the Jain's concept of truth

THE TRUTH 3, 4     new essays; combined with THE PATH


Edition 47

THE PATH     new essay; also new: 

XXIII      The Path: At the feet of the Master; see also my blog 935

THE TRUTH 1, 2     I combined the two essays on the one page, to make room for THE PATH

CREATIVITY, CRIME      I added CREATIVITY, which I had deleted before

METAPHYSICS      I made changes since I added CREATIVITY again

GOD 6      I added a second section with a reference to a Krishnamurti book, see also my blog 935

WISDOM      I added another footnote, also with a reference to a Krishnamurti book


Edition 46

KNOW YOUR SELF      in the footnote, I added the very last sentence, "the self is a process"

MEDITATION 2      I added new footnotes, quotes from Krishnamurti and Osho, see also my blog 927

SPIRITUAL      new footnote, about Spirituality and Intellectual Honesty, see also my blog 932

VEDANTA      new footnote about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi & Transcendental Meditation, blog 931


Edition 45

GOD 1      this is a re-write of the essay

I have re-instated the additional pages that were in the front of edition 37, they're now an appendix (I removed them after the Foreword Review, see my vlog of 16 March 2018). These are the pages: