An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment? by

Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity.
–Immanuel Kant - What is enlightenment - c.1784, 2013

Available online pdf – Translation into English by Daniel Fidel Ferrer

Enlightenment, according to Kant, is having the courage to make your own decisions. Many people remain uneducated and childish because it is easier not to know. It is easier to rely on other people’s decisions and arguments rather than investigate and figure out what you really think about something.

I think I’d agree with him. And of course today there is so much information readily available on the internet that it is overwhelming. How much easier is it to share an outrage filter link than actually think and do a bit of research, find out the truth and realise that outrage is easy but not always true.

Enlightenment is the opposite of the click-bait headline.

So far, in my very limited reading I’m going to say I agree with Kant and not with Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

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