On the one hand, a well-established enlightenment brings with it an immersion in profound intelligence, love, peace, and happiness.
In contrast, we also experience the world’s suffering, our very human limitations, old karma arising (those sprouted seeds), and the usual detritus of a life.
From an awake perceptive, we’re not caught by these arisings but we remain human.
This reminds me of a quote from late in the ancient Rig Veda:
“By virtue of unitedness and by means of that which remains to be united, I perform action to generate wholeness of life.”
It is through contrast that we become seekers, that we recognize who we are, and that furthers enlightenment.
It is “by means of that which remains to be united” that we shift what is unresolved to light and we evolve.