This essay of Kant's presents an interesting idea about enlightenment and its role. He argues that the masses are unthinking masses bound by guardians that they at some point willingly put in charge so that they could be lazy. These guardians kept taking more and more authority and power over the unthinking masses and then the unthinking masses pretty much just stopped being able to do anything. These bindings that people have willingly put on themselves is what prevents humans from progressing as nature intended and breaks the human ability to work towards perfect civic unions. But Kant argues that every now and then someone breaks out and on a rare occasion actually manages to try and free others from the guardians. Sometimes it works and sometimes the Guardians stop it from really taking hold. Kant argues that this lack of free thinking and reasoning and of course arguing is the biggest problem humans face from becoming enlightened. I don's really see how it would ever be possible to have a period of real enlightenment where everyone began truly thinking for themselves without also bringing about a complete collapse of society. Which seems odd considering society's progression is what we would ultimately be freeing ourselves to achieve.
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