YES, it means exactly being extinct. In case you haven't realised, every aspect of / in life share two universal scientific characteristics : Impermanence and henceforth, suffering. (in multi-fold ways) You feel suffer because it is human nature to want to fixate everything in stone. However, that cannot be done. No matter how close. Best to acknowledge that "changing impermanence" and stop grasp to material things! In case you haven't noticed, no matter how you want to be agile and alert and look young, you can't POSSIBLY be forever so. ONE day you will loose your memory and become senile. You walk to one corner of your house to do something and you forget what it was by the time you reached that corner. You are once young beautiful and attractive. ONE day you will be old ugly fat. Irreversible. Although in movies and in fantasies humans dream and dream and dream and make illusions for us all to believe. However I do believe that the wisest will never fall into such deceptive delusions and they would rather work towards peaceful enlightenment (not to fight against the irreversible; henceforth psychological suffering), and yes, extinction. I agree with you.
To achieve enlightenment in our human form
its true that we were all enlightened and connected entities before our human births
but clearly we have created the human avatar intentionally as an experience that is a necessary part of enlightened existence
to immerse ourselves in a state that began with no memories of our past and demonstrate that with the aid of only a mind and sensory organs that can only sense reality and truths, we are perhaps celebrating the ultimate force and substance that has allowed existence to occur
admittedly it is an exciting challenge to contribute to this project
When I think of enlightenment, I don't think of Buddha, Socrates or Kant. I think of Sir Trilobite, Madam Triceratops, and Lord Mammoth. They have reached enlightenment, and are therefore, nowhere to be found upon these wretched grounds. Unworthy vermin, such as humans are still present here because they have failed in this task as have other species of lower intellectual capacity, albeit even that premise is debatable.
Iqpiblog, I really think you are either clinically insane, or a troll, how on earth will killing ourselves get us enlightenment? We'll be dead. How can we be enlightened if we're dead?
Now to show how wrong they are.
"Clearly we have created the human avatar intentionally"
Uh, no, that's not clear at all. Science shows evolution probably created the human race, and it's hardly an avatar.
"It's true that we were all enlightened and connected entities before our human births"
How do you know that's true? Our personality and spirit could easily be the result of our environment, we could not exist before our births. You can't just assume it's true. It's probably not true actually.
Also, why did you randomly paragraph everywhere?
It's a frequent misconception that enlightenment comes from death, or prebirth. In Buddhism enlightenment comes from a realization that you are already in Nirvana, and in the beauty of the chaos around you. Extinction would mean the end of the game which is what the Buddhist devil thought enlightenment would bring hence why he attacked Siddhartha with his three daughters. It's also something that the Gods didn't have, and the God of Light told Siddhartha to spread the word of what he had found in spite that most people wouldn't understand it. In fact most people understand enlightenment in the same way the Buddhist devil understood enlightenment.