Not Quite a Grognard
Ah! Thank you, that articulates my thinking on the subject clearly. I didn't really think it felt "right" to call Instrumentality "Nirvana," but I couldn't come up with a way to express why. By contrast your comparison above hits the nail on the head.Well, Kaballic imagery - and I'm not familiar enough with Buddhism to say if it's Nirvana. I'd say not really, because you're not going through the stages of enlightenment first - you're getting dragged through at gunpoint. From my cursory reading of Wikipedia, the comparison is made for achieving enlightenment to what happens when a flame runs out of fuel - that's a very different from describing it as "what happens when a flame is doused with a bucket of water."