This Words Crush Wednesday is the last from Kant (for now), I promise. Then I’ll move on to later readings.
A man may postpone his own enlightenment, but only for a limited period of time. And to give up enlightenment altogether, either for oneself or one’s descendants, is to violate and to trample upon the sacred rights of man. What a people may not decide for itself may even less be decided for it by a monarch, for his reputation as a ruler consists precisely in the way in which he unites the will of the whole people within his own.
Enlightenment is one of the sacred rights of humanity. I love that.