We are proud today of what we received from the Enlightenment. This includes great faith in science and its empirical evidence, hard data needed to believe in things. We are proud too thinking how an earlier era had been intellectually dim or without reason – an ignorance we would be embarrassed to repeat.
However, is this perspective sufficient? If a 14 year-old “borrows” his father’s car, taking advantage of being home alone, or thinking ‘What could possibly go wrong?’, is that child’s understanding enough to be truly happy? Is there not more to consider than the simple “availability” of the car? The young person should consider more, and so should we in our Enlightened Age.