The question is can some stay in the material arena forever? Or is that the trap which mutates or undoes consciousness?
If we had total permanence, would it be beneficial to have selected ‘starts’ and ‘stops’ to time, possibly to avoid instability of some sort?
Or would it be more meaningful to project long into consciousness and self-awareness making unending self-awareness and consciousness the goal.
What if one civilization broke into two to complete this task?
One took the long straight road, and stood throughout all of time, awake, aware and ready.
One took the winding, looping road and experiences regular moments of clarity at the potential expense of confusion. Wakefulness as a result of sleep, death as a side-effect or unintended result of life.