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Featured Poll: Are you enlightened?

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by Eddi, Nov 22, 2022.

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Are you enlightened?

Poll closed Tuesday at 10:59 AM.
  1. Yes, I am enlightened

    40.7%
  2. No, and I'm happy that way

    11.1%
  3. No, but I want to be and am working on it

    29.6%
  4. I'm not at all interested in becoming "enlightened"

    18.5%
  1. Eddi

    Eddi Eddifying
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    1) Are you an enlightened being?

    I'm not but I'd like to be :D

    But here's the question: 2) What does it mean to be enlightened????

    Personally, I think it means to have a strong command of a certain religion or philosophy

    To do this I am reading both scripture and books

    3) Does anyone have a better definition?
     
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  2. Orbit

    Orbit I'm a planet

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    I prefer the Buddhist conception of "enlightened". Having given up attachments etc.
     
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  3. The Hammer

    The Hammer Wyrd Wide Web
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    Other? I don't know, or think it's important to label myself as.
     
  4. The Sum of Awe

    The Sum of Awe Brought to you by the moment that spacetime began.

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    Since this is in Religious Debates I'd like to debate this idea. The concept of giving up attachments. I want to make sure I understand what you mean by saying this, though. I also think it's a good thing to not be 'attached' but many take this too far and become too complacent in life, not striving for anything. What are your thoughts?
     
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  5. Heyo

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    I put no, and I'm happy with it, but that doesn't really sum up my feelings on it.

    No, I'm not, and its okay that I'm not right now, but I hope to be one day. I think just going through the normal trials of life will help me get there, and I'm not seeking out ways to expediate it at this time. It will happen when its meant to.
     
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  7. The Sum of Awe

    The Sum of Awe Brought to you by the moment that spacetime began.

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    I have an idea of what it means to be enlightened, but it's hard to put into words. But the guaranteed way to know if you're enlightened is if you know you'll be content with the life you've lived in the moment of death.
     
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  8. mikkel_the_dane

    mikkel_the_dane My own religion

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    No, that is why we have replication in science and why you always check the books for further insight.
    To do what Kant suggest is to run wild in one's own thoughts. Always check your thinking against other people's thinking and understanding.
     
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  9. mikkel_the_dane

    mikkel_the_dane My own religion

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    But being content is in some views not the same as enlightened.
     
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  10. JDMS

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    This is how I feel as well :oops:
     
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  11. The Hammer

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    I disagree, it's exactly the same. Serenity with Life, and Death.
     
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  12. mikkel_the_dane

    mikkel_the_dane My own religion

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    Well, yes. I hold that view too. But to others it is to use only objective reason, logic and evidence.
     
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  13. The Sum of Awe

    The Sum of Awe Brought to you by the moment that spacetime began.

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    What good is objective reason, logic, and evidence if you die unhappy? There's so many ways to achieve happiness at death, logic and reason are helpful along this path but I wouldn't say they're the only things to live for, not for me at least.
     
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  14. Orbit

    Orbit I'm a planet

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    Any idea taken to the extreme is counter-productive. It's meant to be taken in a "middle way" kind of sense I think.
     
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  15. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue Twilight, not bright nor dark, good nor bad.

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    Why would anyone want to lug that old thing around?
     
  16. mikkel_the_dane

    mikkel_the_dane My own religion

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    Yeah, we agree. But there is also the other version. Each to their own.
     
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  17. mikkel_the_dane

    mikkel_the_dane My own religion

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    That one can also be found in Greek philosophy.
     
  18. Heyo

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    Again trying to argue the definition with the one who (basically) invented it?
    And you didn't get what Kant is saying here. He isn't arguing against checking your ideas against others peoples. He says you have to have an original idea first.
     
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    Yes.
    No.
    Yes and no.
    Neither yes or no.

    That should just about cover it.
     
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  20. mikkel_the_dane

    mikkel_the_dane My own religion

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    Okay, but that is hard, because in effect only a few humans will be able to do that. But what is the point of that other than some had an original idea.
     
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