Just occurred to me. Nobody has the complete picture of life. Everyone has just her piece of life. Nevertheless, every person is considered to be complete in herself. Makes one wonder. (This, despite the fact that each one of us has immense - infinite - potential that we do not tap into to become a much better and greater force).
Yet, this small piece of life that we 'own' is eclectic as it evolves over a period of time and derives itself from multiple sources. Sometimes it sadly loses its innocent, to-be-celebrated originality but sometimes it is, appropriately so, influenced for the better. It is when you bring (from the numerous individuals around you) small pieces of different lives together that you begin to 'see' something that makes sense. I don't know if this is the case with everyone, but many of us have this urge to see things at the macro level and go beyond the small and limited world that we live in. We like to see the connections. We like to see the whole purpose and meaning of life, ours and the world's. We can't be here for nothing. Living a life within oneself seems such a criminal thought. (Though sometimes just by being yourself and not bothering about anything else, you still make an impact on the world and inspire it to do better. Look at inspiring sports personalities who play for just themselves, people who fight death etc.)
Going back to my original thread of seeing the picture at the macro level, amusingly enough, when you gather many pieces, there are so many contradictions between them! This contradiction means chaos to the uninitiated mind but clears everything in one paradoxical sweep if it is a perceiving mind. My mind leaps to another question now. So, is enlightenment a permanent feature once it happens to you - for however brief a period of time - or is it something that flashes its face once in a while but ruthlessly disappears if you don't recognize it and then work hard and long enough to hold on to it?