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RichardRay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-06-08 12:55 PM
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68. The term 'Enlightenment'
A ways back up there a posted kvetched about using terms from physics without understanding them. I would also suggest that using terms like 'enlightenment' and 'karma' without understanding them is no less fraught. Those are not random terms, but because so few people know what they do mean they tend to get bandied about with great enthusiasm, and then rejected with at least equal enthusiasm.

'Enlightenment' is a much more modest concept than people want to make it out to be. Buddha's repeated advice to to reject teachings if the only reason given for acceptance was their being his words. Buddhism, in general, cheerfully abandons its explanations for physical phenomenon when science comes up with a better explanation. There is no personal benefit to managing to experience enlightenment, and the impact of 'enlightened' thinking on George Bush, while real, substantial and, indeed, inevitable, would likely not be what politicians or political workers of any stripe would expect.

I don't now where the term 'lightworker' comes from, I do know that there are a lot of folks around who at least attempt to behave with the altruistic intention to support an end to suffering. I don't see any specific evidence that Barack Obama is working from that perspective, but he's not working to promote suffering, so he gets my vote.

Let's not even start on 'karma' - it's a real handful :-).
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