(About a 9 minute read)
When I was at university, I met a woman two years older than me who seemed to me at the time to be so psychologically healthy that I had not expected people could be that “together” before I met her. She changed not only my ideas of psychological health, but a number of my ideas of what people were and could be.
One day, she and I were talking when the topic of enlightenment came up. I had only recently heard of the idea and I told her I wanted to find out if it was true.
“Oh, it’s real”. she said, “And it’s my life’s goal to attain it.”
I didn’t know — and I didn’t ask — how she knew it was real. The idea was so new to me that I had scarcely heard any evidence for it at that point. But I did realize she was a very rational person and most likely had reasons she considered solid for believing it existed.