In the first (fragmented) state, one battles with reality – striving to achieve / compete / move forward.
This is rooted in the illusionary notion that such fragmented movement leads to progress. But in actuality, what is achieved is the modification or exchange of one set of parameters (values, beliefs, thoughts, emotions etc.) with another, on the surface – while the roots / framework stay the same. In other words, the fragmented mode of existence is perpetuated.
In the second (whole) state, one is.
Being is an end in itself. One cannot ask for anything in return. The ultimate realization is that life is perfect as it is, when not interfered with. When there is nothing to improve, reality is perceived and experienced without strife. Then, the only thing to do is to follow the universal path – by letting it unfold in its specific way for each one of us.