This is my mea culpa. Je m’acuse. I no longer need a Ferrari or a Rolls Royce. When I was in my twenties, I needed one. Am I enlightened or simply apathetic? Have I gone to a higher place, or have I determined that it is unlikely I will have the means to secure one of these material goods. Did I say goods?
I notice a lot of Buddhists, especially Buddhist authors are older like me. If they have children, they have grown and left the nest. This provides more time to practise the dharma, but many learning opportunities have gone with the departure of their children. It is easy to be enlightened without resistance.
Don’t get me wrong. Of course resistence will come in some other forms. With every good comes a bad. It’s the way things work. With one less potential struggle, so goes one less potential scaffold.