The internet is awash in conspiracy theories and false news stories. The more outrageous, the more they’re shared on social media, creating a culture of mis-information.
The Age of Enlightenment occurring in Europe between 1685 and 1815, questioned traditional authority as dictated by political and religious dogma at that time, and represented a change in thinking that separated the rational from the irrational.
John Locke, who was an English philosopher and political theorist during that time, argued that accumulated human experiences was the source of knowledge, rather than some outside truth.
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. – Mahatma Gandi
During this age of enlightenment society discovered a sense of reasoning. No longer would they be dictated how to think, or ascertain the truth, as others would have them perceive it.
German philosopher Immanuel Kant, authored an essay during that time entitled “What Is Enlightenment”, in which he stated the following: “Dare to know! Have courage to use your own reason!”
It may be time to usher in a new Age of Enlightenment, in which we question the “outside truth” described by Locke. An outside truth promulgated by political and religious leaders, cable news networks, social media and the internet.
It may be time for society to lean on their accumulated experiences and begin reasoning with their own eyes and ears, rather than abdicating reason to those seeking to dictate it to us, using their own, often false, narratives.
It may be time to study the Bible and reason for yourself, instead of allowing some other person to feed you cherry-picked scriptures that they use to support their own purpose or agenda.
Give a man the truth and he will think for a day, teach a man to reason and he will think for a lifetime. – Phil Plait
It’s time for us to embrace reason as the tie that binds us in our search for truth.
“Dare to know! Have courage to use your own reason!“