Poll Analysis: What do you wish to attain by the end of this life?

Here is an analysis of the poll question ‘What do you wish to attain by the end of this life?’ As of today, the results are:

38% : Go Pureland
20% : Be a Bodhisattva
11% : Don’t know
10% : Return a Human
08% : Be a Buddha
06% : Be a Stream-winner
05% : Be an Arahat
02% : Be a Deva

If you reflect deeper, it’s really a trick question, because some options can overlap in reality. For instance:

(a) You can be a Deva or Human who is a Bodhisattva.
(b) You can go to Pureland and be a Bodhisattva and Buddha.
(c) You can be a Stream-winner and go Pureland.
(d) You can be an Arahat and go Pureland.

Hope you get the idea! Now let’s look at the individual choices:

Go Pureland: This is the safest destination, which guarantees swift progress to Bodhisattvahood and Buddhahood.
Be a Bodhisattva: It is not easy to be a enlightened Bodhisattva within this lifetime, though one can be an unenlightened one.
Don’t know: It is spiritually dangerous to be goalless, to let one’s karma direct us to an unknown rebirth.
Return a Human: Unless one returns better trained and continues to train well, it is easy to be disheartened as the world enters the Dharma-diminishing age.
Be a Buddha: This is the most challenging goal to attain in a single lifetime. It is good to have a back-up plan if it is not attained.
Be a Stream-winner: This is the minimal attainment that is irreversible. In a way, all should at least aim for this goal, even if they aim for others too.
Be an Arahat: This is the minimal attainment that is self-liberation, less difficult that Bodhisattvahood and Buddhahood, but can lead to them.
Be a Deva: Unless one has strong Dharma practice, it is possible to forget the Dharma and later fall to the lower realms.

Now… would you reconsider your vote? Do share with us why you chose what you did (via commenting below).