The term is used in either a philosophical or literal sense to signify that the claimant has “found the last piece of the puzzle and now sees the whole picture,” or has new information or experience, often insignificant by itself, that illuminates a deeper or numinous foundational frame of reference.
Sometimes you’ll find what you’re looking for, after you’ve lost so much energy on the process. Some people call it epiphany, when some famous person, such as Archimedes shouted, “Eureka”, or Newton found the answer for his question about the fallen apple. They were almost certainly the result of a long and intensive period of study those individuals have undertaken, not a sudden, out-of-the-blue, flash of inspiration on an issue they have not thought about previously.
This year, I found epiphany for something I’ve undertaken in a very long time, the question of economic history, the puzzle of capital flow between civilization, and the position of my own ancestor. This question never found in several literature, I learned economy, I build company, I read ancient book, I found uncomplete puzzle…
Suddenly, I met someone, strange person, awkward background, and then, voila !
It happened !