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When did you have a profound epiphany and how did it come about?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26840points) January 2nd, 2010

When was it that you had a real profound epiphany? When I was 12yr. in the 6th grade I had two profound ones in that year. I realized then that the disconnection I seem to see between classmates and other people I knew who did things and activities I thought were special did them are routine run if the mill stuff. It was special to my family because we were poor and could not afford to do those types of things on a regular basis. The second epiphany of that year was that happiness was not something that seldom happens if not less, and usually attached to something like a trip to an amusement park, camping trip etc. It had not occurred to me that when people were unhappy it was more an event. I assumed most people were unhappy searching for happiness. What profound epiphany did you have, what was it and when or how did it come to you?

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UScitizen's avatar

When the agents of evil conspired to silence U.S. Congressman James Traficant, I realized that speaking the truth can get one put in Federal prison. Welcome to the USA.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@UScitizen Oh, you donot have to have the light bulb go on that hard when it comes to the dirty secrets, half truths and underhanded dealings of Uncle Sam LOL LOL

daemonelson's avatar

Well, you know that trance-like state you can sometimes go into? Staring into space and you can’t really get out of it until you realise you’re in it.

I generally come across incredible things while I’m doing that. I can never remember them though.

Austinlad's avatar

Years ago, I’m R&R-ing one weekend in Sedona, a small tourist town 30 or so miles south of Flagstaff. Around midnight, unable to sleep, I dress warm (it’s winter), get in the car, and head to Flag, just for a lark. I take the back route rather than the main highway, a narrow road that punches through a long stretch of pines, so narrow that you have to hug the right side to avoid being side-swiped by oncoming cars. But there are no other cars. No moon, and no light of any other kind except my own headlamps. As I get closer to Flag, the road begins to wind as it ascends into the mountains, with one sharp switchback after another. By day, it’s a nerve-tensing drive – at night, it’s positively scary. After about three switchbacks, I spot a pull-off area and stop. I turn off the lights and sit for a minute, then open the door and step out into total blackness, total silence. HOLY SHIT! The blazing blackness and the roaring silence literally knock me back against the car. The sky, filled with more stars than I’ve ever seen in my life, pushes down on me with palpable weight – so much weight, in fact, that I drop to my knees, as if from vertigo. I tell you, it was the most frightening and exhilarating moment I’d ever had in my life. And in that moment, I realize how tiny and insignificant we humans and our planet are.

SABOTEUR's avatar

Had my epiphony in my mother’s basement.
That’s where I lived after my first wife left me.
Spent a lot of time feeling sorry for myself
Explaining to anyone who’d listen about “What She Did”.

Then it occurred to me.
She hurt me once
but I hurt myself each and everyday afterward
by needlessly re-living that “horrible event”.

The only time I tell anyone about “What She Did” these days
is when I attempt to communicate the holding other people responsible
for how you feel right now.

poisonedantidote's avatar

About a year ago, watching this: Carl Sagan – Pale Blue Dot

janbb's avatar

I was on a trip to Ireland and I realized in the middle of the night that I had to leave a job that was causing me a great deal of emotional pain.

robaccus's avatar

At 2 mins 40 secs.

And I still want to see the out-takes.

Jeruba's avatar

That, @Austinlad, was beautiful.

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