posted on Feb, 12 2013 @ 06:01 PM
Well friends? After reading every post, and engaging as much as I could, this thread has led me to some
No one knows what enlightenment is. Instead everyone thinks they know. The difference of opinion on what enlightenment actually is is very
telling and leads me to this conclusion. This reaffirms to me that once someone arrives at their own conclusion to what enlightenment means to
him/her, they are then able to strive to attain that ideal, and become enlightened in their own mind. Enlightenment remains a personal concept, one
fostered in the mind of those who hold onto it and work towards it.
What I enjoyed the most, besides the wit involved, was that people often pointed at the process or path to enlightenment as the true
'enlightenment.' They didn't resort to muddying the waters with abstractions, concepts and platonic ideas, but they pointed to real tangible and
possible things, ie. a spiritual path, learning, introspection, experience and the like. Their experience was the goal. This, to me, is the true
insight I've learned from the responses here.
What I noticed most when engaging with those who have an opposite opinion than myself, was that confrontation, animosity and insults grew to be more
common the more I disagreed. Not many dared to refute my arguments and resulted to ad hominem. But this attitude ceased, and the kindly ones returned
to the state of mind I love most about them—that of happiness and joy—as soon as I took that leap of faith and agreed with them (simply by taking
their word for it) and held their views as positive, thereby satiating their vanity, and in the end, my own.
The Vanity of Enlightenment.
Thank you for reading.