So now that this thread is in Comparative Studies, I thought we might speculate on some comparisons, keeping in mind that “to compare” does not mean we must conclude that one idea is necessarily the same as another. But maybe we can examine any possible relations. We can look for similarities if we like, or we can talk about differences. Or both. (Maybe I need to get out more, but I think it might be fun.)
I started out looking at “The Oil” in the context of a passage from New Testament Scripture. But I wonder if anyone might like to compare the discussion so far with the Buddhist concepts of “fuel without remainder” or perhaps even the description of the five wise virgins in the Christian parable and the five Buddha wisdom families? Anyone interested?
This also might go along with what some here have already suggested--that the oil might be related to the idea of conciousness.
I’ll see if this discussion takes off, and if not, then I will try to provide more information that might help. Please keep in mind that I am a bit out of my comfort zone, so I may be a little clumsy with my language. But I’ve come to realize that most of the time, people interested in Comparative Studies are a pretty understanding bunch.