I was Googling the term “Enlightenment” a few days ago, and I came across a number of entries for “Terminal Enlightenment.” It sounded very intriguing, like a type of enlightenment that might end in death. Ooh, danger and intrigue. Imagine sitting on a hill, in the shade of a tree, meditating peacefully. BAM all of a sudden you reach enlightenment and your physical body dies while your spirit body moves on to its enlightened state.
It turns out in this case that terminal enlightenment isn’t nearly that cool. It’s actually a terminal interface for computer systems like Linux. Huh, just some piece of software. I think my idea was way cooler, and finding the truth didn’t stop my mind from traveling.
I continued to think about terminal enlightenment. It occurred to me that we will all reach terminal enlightenment, being that when we die all will become known. I assume that before we enter our physical world, we are spiritual entities, and at that time, we are enlightened. You could say that we know what God knows. I also assume that we return to that state after the death of our physical body. If that’s the case, then we will all experience terminal enlightenment.
That led me to think back to a subject that I ponder from time to time. Why do we spend so much of our time in our physical world thinking about the nature of the universe, religion, belief, the origin of life, and other such topics? Is there any point in trying to figure that out while we are inhabiting our physical shells? Couldn’t we just wait until we die, at which time we’ll regain the knowledge of all things? Couldn’t we just wait for our terminal enlightenment?
I supposed that maybe we could, or maybe I’m wrong about the whole terminal enlightenment. It’s possible that when we die we don’t get to know everything. Maybe that’s why we’re here in the first place, to figure everything out. Personally I don’t think that’s the case, but nobody really knows for sure.
Whatever the case, I enjoy thinking about these things, and I’ll be right here blogging about them. I’d like to hear from you. Why do you think we spend time thinking about things may be completely outside our realm of comprehension? Why don’t we just wait for terminal enlightenment? Let me hear what you think in the comments section.
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