Re: Enlightenment Posted by Mark Herkommer on November 08, 1998 at 11:58:07:
In Reply to: Re: Enlightenment posted by Robert C. Cohen on November 08, 1998 at 01:54:57:
Enlightenment is neither an event nor a process, yet it is both. Along the path of enlightenment, one cannot say "I am now closer to discovering something I could have never conceived". Enlightenment is the cyclic binary mechanism by which we prepare ourselves to receive a revelation together with the revelation itself.
The evolution of species is a strong metaphor for enlightenment. Throughout geologic time there have been many species that were unsuccessful; blind alleys leading from the path of enlightment. Other species were threshold organisms that gave way to many more diverse species. Why?
Those species and those thoughts that are by their nature radiative, advance speciation, advance enlightenment. Those species and those thoughts that draw together and utilize meaningful genetic predispositions punctuate, by unique creation, enduring morphologies. Thus through a cycle of radiation and convergence do we experience evolution and enlightenment.
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