posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 08:01 PM
You make some good points. I disagree with some of what you wrote, however.
A person on his deathbed, I believe, still can benefit from seeking enlightenment. You defined the term to be a *never-ending* quest. Why should it
stop, just because life is almost over?
Another area in which I disagree is that a search for enlightenment isn't necessarily the best way to survive. If you've got a large, hungry animal
coming for you, that is not necessarily a good time to ponder the meaning of life. Probably a more helpful response would be to shelve the
philosophical questions and run like hell.
Of course, this is an extreme situation, but the same notion applies to less urgent crises. If you have no food, your energies are better focused on
how to get hold of food. Philosophical speculations are OK on a full belly; but if you're hungry, they are useless. In the Talmud it says "Where
there is no bread, there is no Torah" - meaning, hungry people aren't good scholars of the Law. Or, as Shakespeare observed, "...there was never
yet philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently..."
Aside from those two objections, I agree with your comments. We would be better suited trying to learn more about ourselves, nurturing ourselves
physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Most of us are so focused on getting more "stuff" that we have no time to enjoy what we already
have. We're on a treadmill where we have to run as fast as we can, just to stay in the same place.