So here is the deal. I have thoughts. You have thoughts. It is these thoughts that make us (the human race) what we are. Some say it is the ability to reason, but I say it is the thought. I, as a sentient being, have the ability to ponder my own existence and the meaning of it. We all do. We all should.
Today I was among some friends at a magic (Magic the Gathering, a trading card game) tournament. I started to talk about this sort of stuff, and the people I was talking to seemed to be completely foreign to these concepts. They stated that the common thoughts of an American are on the “important things” like money, sex, and food. Now, I am not going to dispute the importance of any of those three things. This society requires money to trade for other needs, sex is needed for procreation of the species, and food to sustain our biological bodies. But how can one’s life revolve around just that? How is that enlightened? What long term good does that serve?
About now you are probably thinking to yourself, “This loon sounds like he is trying to start a cult.” Well, that would be fun and all, but I have other obligations in my life at the moment. No time to become a spiritual leader. In any case, that isn’t the point here, but in a way I guess it is. What I am talking about is frame of mind. An awareness of who we are, what our minds can accomplish, our position in the cosmos. This does not require a conversion to a new spirituality, whatever one you have now will work just fine. It just requires some thought.
And that is the point of it all. If you are able to give things like this the thought, you have already started the “enlightenment.” If you are able to comprehend, understand, and even accept what I am talking about, then you have just proven to yourself that you have the mental ability of self-awareness. You have validated your sentience.
You have proven yourself to be a worthy reader of M.etaphysical E.xistance.