The Cost of Enlightenment is loss.
You’re not a full adult until your parents are gone.
You’re not a good driver until you’ve been in at least one accident.
You haven’t completed life until you’ve passed on.
“If I’m late -don’t wait!
Go on without me.
I may tarry a while.
Cause I need to know before I go,
How come the devil smile?”
-Jesse Winchester, Step by Step
Young Goodman Brown in Hawthorne’s short story of the same name became enlightened one night by seeing just how far the devil’s influence spread into his town, it’s ‘righteous’ inhabitants, and his own wife, Faith. What did it cost him? The rest of his life lived out in resentment and mistrust.
“Why oh why didn’t I take the ‘blue pill’?”
-Cypher, The Matrix
“I shoulda stayed asleep -wakin’ up will get you killed!”
-El-P, True Story
“I’ll answer all your questions but then y’all got to go/
Now the question I ask y’all is ‘How bad you wanna know?’ ”
-Jay-Z, A Million and One Questions
In Sterquiliniis Invenitur – In filth it will be found
“The thing you want most is where you least want to look.”
-Carl Jung and/or Jordan Peterson
Enlightenment I realize is not a singular point although it might be properly said to occupy a singular domain consistently across every field of endeavour, and then only to the extent that every domain of endeavour has a similar pyramidical structure. In this conceptualization, the apex of each pyramid in each separate plane occupies the multi-dimensional nexus if you will. Basically, the tips touch (no homo). Enlightenment, like flow, exists across all domains and while flow might be considered a state of high focus where we are so engaged in our activity that we are pushing against the ‘walls’ of reality (or ‘limiting beliefs’ we hold), enlightenment might be considered that point where we ‘break through’ and reach a new plateau. It may be the apex of the climb so far, but as long as you’re alive there’s still more mountain.
Oh, and by the way, those ‘walls’ of reality? => They can be thought of as enclosures like a hermit crab’s shell -they protect us, keep us safe and allow us to grow, but we’re meant to ‘renovate’ as we grow, knocking down the smaller enclosures as our girth expands and our consciousness comes to take up more space.
“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore, trust the physician and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility.”
The cost of enlightenment.