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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-07-08 04:42 AM
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116. he may have an "enlightened" ego and by that I do not mean that he possesses
any spiritual powers but simply the ability to perceive his own relationship to experience and is able to transcend the normal way of looking at things to a more objective point of view.

No new age but actually old age Lao Tzu and Confuscious and ultimately Buddha. Yet I share with you an extremely apprehensive concern about this thread and similar ones because understanding 'mindfulness' is not a flaky comic book spiritualism but a very disciplined way of looking at people and information.

Ironically when we start to apply such labels to individuals we tend to lose objectivity and build up adoration that goes to your point of raising expectations unrealistically.

Obama says it clearly - I am imperfect and I make mistakes. Which is both true and reflects the fact that he is able to look at himself very objectively.

I would say that he is 'enlightened' in the same way that Roosevelt was enlightened. He could think clearly at several levels at the same time and also understood the general sweep of history a couple of years before others do.

There are two points that show Obama has an uncommon level of an enlightened perspective:

1) Three years ago he could see a path to the nomination and election despite no one else would have given him a chance - especially given the Clintons hold on power.

2) Once he got into the campaign he exerted tremendous mental discipline to keep the campaign on track.

These qualities give him special leadership qualities, not spiritual ones.
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