What is Enlightenment?
enlightenment is a mans release from his self incurred tutelage. Tutelage is mans inability to make use of his understanding, without direction from another. Self incurred is his tutelage. Its cause lies not in lack of reason, but in lack of resolution and courage to use it without direction from another. Have courage to use your own reason. That is the actual motto of enlightenment.
Laziness and cowardliness are the reasons why; so great a portion of humanity, after nature has long since discharged them from external direction, nevertheless remains under life long tutelage. Why is it so easy for others to set themselves up with guardians?
It is so easy not to be of age. If I have a book which understands for me, a pastor which has a conscious for me, a physician who decides my diet is not working and so forth.
I need not trouble myself, I need not think. If I can only pay. Others will easily undertake their irks and work for me. That the step to competence is held to be very dangerous by the far greater portion of humanity. Quite apart from its being arduous. It seems to by those guardians who have so kindly assumed super intendants over them; after the guardians have first made there domestic cattle done, and have made sure that these placid creatures will not dare take a single step without the harness of the cart; which they are tethered.
The guardians then show them the dangers which threatens if they try to go alone. Actually, however; this danger is not so great. For by falling a few times, they would finally learn to walk alone. But, an example of this failure makes them timid. This ordinarily frightens them away from all further trials. For any single individual to work himself out of the life under tutelage; which has become almost as nature, is very difficult.
He has come to be fond of his state, and he is for the present really incapable of making use of his reasoning. For no one has ever let him try it out. Statues and formulas, those mechanical tools of the rational employment or rather the miss employment of his natural gifts; are the feeders of an ever lasting tutelage. Whoever throws them off makes only an uncertain leap, over the narrowest ditch. This is because he is not accustomed to that kind of free motion.
Therefore, their are few who have succeeded by their own exercise of mind. Both, in freeing themselves from incompetence as well as achieving a steady pace. But, it is more possible that the public is more likely to enlighten itself.
Indeed if almost freedom is granted, enlightenment is sure to follow. For there will always be some independent thinkers, even among the established guardians of the great masses. Who, after throwing off their yoke of tutelage from their own shoulders will disseminate spirit of the rational appreciation of both their own worth and every mans vocation for thinking for himself. But, be it noted that the guardians themselves remain bound, when it is decided to do so. By some of the guardians or themselves. Capable of some enlightenment. So harmful is it; to implant prejudices? For they later take vengeance on their cultivators or on their descendants.
Thus the public can only slowly attain enlightenment. Perhaps a fall of personal despotism. Or of avarice, tyrannical oppression, may be accomplished by revolution. But, never in true reformed ways of thinking. Farther new prejudices will serve as well as old ones. This will harness the great unthinking masses.
For this enlightenment however, nothing is really required but freedom. And indeed, the most harmless among all the things. Which this term can properly be applied. It is the freedom to make public use of one’s reason at every point. But, I hear on all sides, ” Do not argue” , The officer says, “Do not argue but drill” . The tax collector says “Do not argue, but pay”. The Clerk ” Do not argue but believe.”
Only one prince in the world says, ” Argue as much as you will, and about what you will, but obey.” Everywhere there was restriction on freedom. Which restriction, is an obstacle to enlightenment? And which is not an obstacle but a promoter of it?
I answer, the public’s use of one’s reason must always be free. And it alone can bring about enlightenment among men. The private use of grievance on the other hand may often be vary narrow and restricted. Without particularly hindering the process of enlightenment.
The public use of one’s reasoning, I understand the use a person makes of it as a scholar before their reading public. Private use, I call that, which one may make of it, particular silver poster office which is entrusted to him. Many affairs which are conducted in the interest of the community, require; a certain mechanism through which some members of the community must pass a bill and civically conduct themselves with an artificial unanimity. This is so the government, may direct them to public ends. Or at least prevent them from destroying those ends.
Here, argument is certainly not allowed. One must obey, but , so far as part of the mechanism, regards himself at the same time as a member of the whole community. Or of a society of worlds citizens and thus, in the role of a scholar who addresses the public; in the proper sense of the word through his writings; he certainly can argue without hurting the affairs for which he is a part. Responsible as a passive member. Thus, it would be rude for an officer in service to debate about the suitability, a utility of a man given to him by his superior. He must obey, however, the right to make remarks on the military service and to lay them before the public for judgement cannot equitably be refused to him. As a scholar , the citizen can not refuse; to pay the taxes imposed on him. This would be a scandal as general refractory, but the same person nevertheless, does not on the contrary act out of duty as a citizen.
When as a scholar he publicly adjusts his thoughts, representing the inappropriateness or the injustices of his levies on him as he knows he could be punished for it could be considered as a scandal. General refractoriness. But, as a scholar he has compete freedom, even his calling to communicate to the public, his carefully tested and well meaning thoughts on that which is erroneous also to make suggestions on what is best for the religious body and church.
In doing this , their is nothing that could be laid as a burden on his conscious. For what he teaches as a consequence of his office; as a representative of the church, this is considered something about which he has not freedom to teach according to his own lights. It is something that he is propound in the dictation of another, he will say; ” Are church teaches this or that.” Those are the proofs which it educes. Thus it extracts, all practical uses from his congregation. From statue which he himself would not reply with full conviction.
To the annunciation of which, he can very well pledge himself. This is because it is not impossible that truth lies hidden in them. And in any case, there is at least nothing in them contradictory to religion. For if he believes he had found one or some of them, he would not be charged with the duties of his office. He would have to give it up. The use therefore that the teacher makes before his congregation is merely private.
This congregation is only a domestic one, even if it be a large gathering. With respect to it, he is not free, nor can he be free. This is because he carries out the orders of another. However, as a scholar who is writing, he can speak to his public, the world and his clergy men and the public use of his reason, he has an unlimited reason to speak in his own person.
That the guardian of the people in spiritual beliefs be incompetent in their own matters of being. This is an absurdity which amounts to an externalization of absurdities. Not a society of clergy men, perhaps a church conference, be justified in obligating itself by oath to a certain unchangeable symbol. Thereby guardianship would become over the people as a whole.
Even to make it eternal, I answer that this is exponentially impossible. Such a contract would need to shut off all human enlightenment from the human race. it is absolutely null and void, By parliament. And even at any peace treaty that was being created during this time. I find it ordain to put this situation in a position so erroneous, that it can not extend its occasional knowledge. Purify itself of errors, and reach enlightenment, a crime against human nature as it is being dictated by misleading decedents.
The touch stone, lies in the question; whether the people would have imposed such a law upon themselves. Such religious compact may be for short, and definitely for limited time be it as it may. Expectations of the better, the scholar would be allowed to make his comments without interference and completely public. That is through writing these erroneous aspects of the new institution.
Through uniting all of their voices, the upper class, middle class and even lower class, they could come up with a proposal and a plan to correct the problem and seek out enlightenment. United into a religious organization under the betterment of their idealistic expectations. Without hindering others , who wished to remain in the order. However , uniting such an institution was clearly doubted and mischievous to the public, even if done by one man himself.
Thereby, humanity and working towards the disadvantage of prosperity, that is forbidden. For a short amount of time, a man may postpone enlightenment, from what he ought to know. However, to renounce it for posterity, it to injure and trample on the rights of humanity.
If all improvement or religious ordinances stand together due to civil order, they can leave it to the subjects to deem what they find appropriate and or necessary for their spiritual wealth fare. This is not his concern, it is incumbent on him to prevent one of them from violently hindering another. This would mean determining and promoting this welfare to the best of his ability. He may evaluate his own government due to the fact that the writings were seekings based on his own findings.
He lays upon himself the reproach, he then degrades his supreme power, talking back to Cesar, by supporting the ecclesiastical despotism; he realizes that their were tyrants in his state and he felt completely betrayed. If for instance we were asked ” Do we now live in an enlightened age.?” The answer is no.
Well, on the flip side, we do live in an age of enlightenment. As things stand almost even between men and women in the workforce, forward to present day, everyone uses their own reasonings for problems and or religious matters. This creates a matter of freedom from outside influences. However, on the other hand, their is clear indication of the field of study now being looked upon as interesting and cumulative. Men may now look freely at these things, The real obstacle to self enlightenment is to stop repressing and allow the new director to take ownership over what should be.
This is the age of enlightenment or sense , the age of fredrick, a prince who does not find it worthy even to say that he holds this as his duty to protect the religious correspondence and instead given complete freedom.
He deserves to be esteemed by the grateful world and to show all the future generations and its successors what is truly means to reach this beautiful thing we call enlightenment. Government left each man free under their tutelage. Without infringing upon their official duties, they were able to submit their public testings, ideas, views, ideologies, philosophical input as well as theoretical too. An even greater freedom is restricted, by no official duties. The world is finally free to roam and collaborate and love what they do. There is no one person to tell them what they can and can not do. It is up to them to figure it out.
An example gives government information while, escaping men from their tutelage creates enlightenment. The matter of thinking, law giving and reason is the matter of legislation and criticism is okay in enlightened beings. It is about asking questions, understanding the world more thoroughly and provoking a new world order. This is one where the people who make decisions, can sit back and watch the universe unfold for itself.
No monarch is superior to this being, and whom might this being be? Well, you’ll have to stick around to find out. Only this being is not afraid of the lurking shadows that are depicted in ancient times. This anonymous person is saying, well ” Argue as much as you will, if we have a huge army and we are and will be at peace, does the arguing really matter or concern you?”
Obey is what this unanimous group wants. It is mostly based on the freedom of the people. Each man needs to extend himself to its full capacity. Mother nature shows you her way of doing things and the only difference is that each individual becomes more and more aware that they are going to go through a cycle of death and rebirth. This should not scare you by any means, it just interacts with each person on a one on one basis, because in order to understand one must read!
He is our teacher, we are his students. Pay close attention because there is much to learn, grasshopper