The Opening Sentence Of Immanuel Kant 's Essay

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In the opening sentence of Immanuel Kant’s essay, “What Is Enlightenment?” he answers the question quite succinctly. In brief, Kant believed that “enlightenment is man 's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity.” Furthermore, he added that “Immaturity is the inability to use one 's understanding without guidance from another.” I considerably agree with his definitions, yet his annotations on immaturity in relation towards religion, the government, and the way people should live their lives are a bit obscured, impulsive and quite vague. Although I believe people should think for themselves and have an open-mind, I do not agree that that makes them qualified to live their lives without rules, regulations or guidance.

The world is continuously changing. Every new age causes for new ways of thinking, new rules, new leaders, even new wars. Things can’t always stay the same and they don’t. What was okay 300 years ago is not okay today. What is okay today, will not work tomorrow. The world must change because people change. Throughout history we observe the many changes our country undertook; from slave ships in the seventeenth century to the 44th President of the United States, President Barack Obama in 2008. But what causes these changes? What gives people the knowledge and courage to stand for what they believe to be right and justified? And most importantly, what planted the ideas in the minds of people such as Marin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy that

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