Mackerni ... more emerging thoughts on my previous post.
Once again ... with a metaphor
The embryo in a fertilized chicken egg has no choice but to develop and grow in the darkness imposed by the egg shell. At the appointed time the chick ... while still trapped inside the shell ... must make an effort to break through the shell and get on with the next phase of his/her life ... until he/she eventually becomes food on our table.
For me ... there are many parallels with this metaphor and the evolution/transformation of humanity ... if during our period(s) of purgation/catharsis we were consciously aware of the "whole" we would likely abandon the discomfort typically associated with the purgation/catharsis journey.
"Do not be influenced by the importance of the writer, and whether his learning be great or small; but let the love of pure truth draw you to read. Do not inquire, “Who said this?” but pay attention to what is said”
Thomas Kempis 1380-1471