Indian philosophy says we should wait for an answer. That is the art and secret. ‘By facing the bitter meaning of nothingness, we attain illumination of the Being in which existence dwells.’ But this asking and waiting is only possible for those who have been broken on the wheel of existentialist anxiety and ontological crisis. This extreme inward suffering and anguish is the kind cruelty of the surgeon’s knife—a part of the therapeutic process. The greatest achievement of existentialism is that through anxiety, anguish and dread it shakes a person out of their complacency and drives them on to the ontological mystery. In this sense a person tortured by existential anxiety is spiritually more advanced than they who never suffers this anguish but feels happy and accepts the world with a cheerful ‘Yes’.

 P.J. Saher, Eastern Wisdom and Western Thought: The Psycho-Cybernetics of Comparative Ideas in Religion and Philosophy

This is a very important point on the attainment of Enlightenment and a common theme through many religious and spiritual traditions. The person who knows the suffering of the world, the violent oppression that plagues the most vulnerable populations, and stands in misery and anxiety at the fragility of the human existence, is more near to the divine and the higher realms of the evolution of consciousness than the person who is comfortable with their ignorance and the horror that occupies the minds and environments of all sentient beings. The inward existential crisis is a reflection of the external social-political crisis of humankind. 

Unlearning oppressive frameworks that have been implanted into our psyche is not only morally correct but signifies evolution. 

"Don’t just feel sorry for the poor Yaqui Indians," he had said. "Feel sorry for mankind. In the case of the Yaqui Indians, I can even say they’re the lucky ones. They are oppressed, and because of that, some of them may come out triumphant in the end. But the oppressors, the petty tyrants that tread upon them, they don’t have a chance in hell."

Don Juan Matus, The Fire from Within

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