This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
Practically speaking, what happens after the theoretical night is over, is that you achieve bliss. There are two types of bliss. In the garden of Eden, ignorance was bliss. The pursuit of knowledge was the first documented human sin in the scripture, -- God cursed like a drunken sailor when he saw the fig leaves on Adam and Eve. Apparently, God had a highly inflated ego and no concept of competition ("for God knows that when you eat of it [the tree of knowledge] your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." -- Genesis 3:5), which prompted him to patent his rights on the ownership of the knowledge. To this day, the scientific (and strangely enough, spiritual) exploration is often met with the fierce resistance by those who feel threatened by the possibility of getting close to God and be punished for it. The other type of bliss is knowledge. The knowledge is the state when the fear (including the fear of God) is replaced by serenity, the contradictions are seen as parts of the whole, the taboos become irrelevant, and the context in which the question "What is the meaning of life?" is meaningful, dissipates to render the question itself meaningless. The "Good and Evil" thread is the pursuit of knowledge. More specifically, its purpose as an attempt to unite the physical and the spiritual context of the Universe under a rather simple Theory Of Everything. The practical application of such a theory is, quite simply, to achieve happiness. Although the proposed theory is mine, the inspiration source is the same that inspired many others (a few cowboys and cowgirls referenced it in MD): Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values [ September 20, 2003: Message edited by: Eugene Kononov ]