A person when is "enlightened" for me is one that naturally resists the system brainwashings. I mean, every child has a "original vibe", but most become supressed by the system rules, starting this process in the family.
Of course TIME is a big differencial, it means experience. Only who pass by the time and experiences can tell in an authentical way.
An elder in a young age usually has a lot of feelings and theory, but is still not "mature".
I do respect times and processes.
Really, I'm looking for elders that I would say "I want to get old like that!"
Most of the "old" people I know today is dying in a miserable way....
"Jah Jah lead I away from the wicked..." (Trinity)
For me however, everybody teaches and everybody learns... personally I learn from nature, from my thoughts and experiences, and from all the people that I know and situations that I live, ... the whole world should be a school.
But an Elder overstands the processes of life and death, health and sickness, gratitude and misery...
WHEN ONE HAVE ANSWERS TO US, WE NATURALLY RESPECT THIS PERSON. RESPOND=RESPECT
Ras Mandingo - Brasil.
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