The Is A Deeper Understanding Of Things Which Involves Spiritual Aspect Of Knowledge

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Enlightment is a deeper understanding of things which involves spiritual aspect of knowledge. It can also be a way of challenging ones way of thinking. It is the aspect of knowledge that cannot be taken away from a person. One may ask; what then is the difference between knowledge and enlightment; if enlightment is an aspect of knowledge? Enlightment is an awakening whereby knowledge is seen as the key to living well. One can be knowledgeable without being enlightened. Knowledge and wisdom can be combined to give more insight about enlightment. Emmanuel Kant famously wrote” thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.” Similarly, knowledge without wisdom is hallow while wisdom without knowledge is difficult. According to the English dictionary, enlightment is the state of understanding something (life). In Hinduism and Buddhism, it is the highest spiritual state that can be achieved. It is not inherently about power as people refer to knowledge being power. It is about the desire to learn neither for the sake of material acquisition nor manipulating people. According to Andrew Gottlieb, “Enlightment entails the acquisition of knowledge for the sake of becoming wiser, kinder, more compassionate person.” The Allegory of the cave is hypothetical scenario, described by Plato, in the form an Enlightening conversation between Socrates and his brother Glaucon. It is a hypothetical scenario in which people perceive illusions as

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