All the years I knew my Daddy he scoffed at the idea of life on any other planet always referring to the creation story in the Bible. But just a few weeks before he suddenly died he surprised me by saying he believed we couldn't be the only ones.
Enlightenment had come to him. He spoke of a lot of other truths as well over the course of the next few weeks. Things I'd always thought him too dumb or brainwashed by religion to understand. Things he had opposed previously. He didn't reject his religious beliefs, he rose above them intellectually. It was an amazing transformation.
Then, out of the blue he had a heart attack and died.