“Enlightenment is always there. Small enlightenment will bring great enlightenment. If you breathe in and are aware that you are alive—that you can touch the miracle of being alive—then that is a kind of enlightenment.
“Answering the Question: “What Is Enlightenment?”
Kant answers the question quite succinctly in the first sentence of the essay:
“Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity.”
He argues that the immaturity is self-inflicted not from a lack of understanding, but from the lack of courage to use one’s reason, intellect, and wisdom without the guidance of another. Our fear of thinking for ourselves.
He exclaims that the motto of enlightenment is “Sapere aude”! – Dare to be wise! ”
—Beantwortung der Frage: Was ist Aufklärung? Answering the question, ‘What is the enlightement?’ is the title of a 1784 essay by the philosopher Immanuel Kant.