I agree Maarten, it’s a good question. I like to think there’s a particular direction of evolution we can nudge ourselves towards with specific types of practices, a direction in which suffering is reduced and ‘goodness’, ‘kindness’, ‘vividness’, whatever words we want to use, are encouraged, and that the general content of these practices are somewhat transpersonal, and therefore somewhat objective, but I really don’t know. It’s a nice thought.
Reminds me of an Annie Dillard quote:
“Our human endeavor is to extend the boundaries of sense and meaning; it is to shift phenomena one by one out of the nonsense heap and arrange them in ordered piles about us. If you argue that this endeavor yields only a human kind of sense, and that our interpretations yield only human meanings, not absolute meanings, you will be required to propose a definition of meaning that is not, first and last, meaning for people.”