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Immanuel Kant simply stated the creed of the enlightenment Dare to know Kant 1 To thinkers like Kant to achieve enlightenment was to gain release fromself-incurred tutelagethe inability to make use of ones understanding without direction from another Kant 1 Enlightenment thinkers addressed this issue They present to us the question why is it so hard to think for oneself They propose answers to this puzzle as well as provide solutions that will teach us how to think for ourselves Through Immanuel Kants What is Enlightenment and JS Mills On Liberty we can gain a deeper understanding of this question and its answersAccording to Kant laziness and cowardice 1 are why we dont think for ourselves But this also contributes to the difficulty of thinking for ourselves We get into the habit of letting others think for us thus it gets increasingly difficult to break this pattern It is simply easier to let others do the thinking for us Those who do the thinking also contribute to the pattern They would of course like to maintain their control over the masses that do not think for themselves so the guardians showthe danger which threatens if they try to go alone Kant 2 One example of failure makes them timid and frightens them away from all further trials Kant 2 This is one way that people were taught not to think for themselves and were prompted to keep letting others think for them What is so interesting is that Mills tells us the mass do not now take their opinions from books Their thinking is done for them by men much like themselves addressing them or speaking in their name on the spur of the moment through the newspapers 63 The media bombards us with ideas and we are in a sense forced to take these opinions and make them our own We only see what the media wants us to see and understand the world
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