Unless otherwise stated all articles are by Tad Boniecki. You are welcome to copy, print or quote from any of these essays, unless otherwise specified. If quoting please acknowledge the source. Since most are too long to read comfortably on the screen, printing them might be a good idea.
I felt compelled to write about the experiences of Alan, David and Jamie because they address one of the basic questions, namely is there such a thing as an "I"? Some synonyms for the "I" are the self, the ego, the private domain of experience, the thinker, the experiencer, and the subject. Both the Eastern mystics and some eminent Western philosophers believe that the "I" is nothing but an illusion. There is even some brain research that supports the notion that the feeling of having an "I" can be lost. I don't have any firm opinion on enlightenment, except that I lack the motivation to pursue it.
What is Love? 11 pages, 8910 words. Written in 1992, posted on 4 June 2000, revised in April 2016. Cet article est disponible en version franšaise: L'Amour. It was posted on 30 Nov 2006 and last modified on 26 August 2015.
What makes life worth living? I have compiled a list of eleven heavenly delights. Posted in March 2015.
Who am I? Written between Jan 1991 and Dec 2001, posted on 7 Dec 2001.
What is Evil? 2 pages, 942 words. Written in June 2001, posted on 3 June 2001.
Pondering the nature of fractals I thought of an analogy between fractals, the self and the meaning of life, spawning this short piece. Posted in January 2015.
Consciousness This article is an exploration of the meaning and inter-relationship of consciousness and time. It also addresses the question of the nature of the self and its claim to existence. 10 pages, 9345 words. Written in September 1996, posted 4 June 2000, updated 20 September 2012.
Introspection Is enlightenment to be found by seeking the self or by dismissing it as an illusion? Is the internal world as real as the external one? 10 pages, 6633 words. Written in 1993, posted 4 June 2000.
Projection An investigation of the nature and prevalence of psychological projection, ie mistaking the noises of the mind for reality. 12 pages, 9269 words. Written in 1992, posted 4 June 2000.
Things An enquiry regarding the nature of separate existence. If a thing is a separate entity then is there such a thing as a thing? 10 pages, 6861 words. Written in 1994, posted 4 June 2000.
What is Wisdom? 8 pages, 4736 words. Written in 1991, posted 4 June 2000.
To judge or not? Judgement 12 pages, 6623 words. Written in 1992, posted 4 June 2000.
The Spirit of Our Times This essay was inspired by a piece written by Jozef Maria Bochenski. He tried to identify our zeitgeist, ie the spirit of our era, as distinct from the spirit of mediaeval or enlightenment times. I present his views then I give my dissenting opinions. 5 pages, 2533 words. Written in 1991, posted 4 June 2000.
What are the basic questions?