Want some knowledge, freedom, and happiness? Today, almost everyone does, but these three goals of the Enlightenment were once highly controversial. They result from an idea central to Enlightenment thought, that reason could allow humans to understand the universe and improve their condition. Respecting and celebrating reason was so central to the Enlightenment that it is also called the Age of Reason. The Enlightenment was key to creating the modern world. Modern democracies, beginning with the American and French revolutions, are a direct result of the Enlightenment. Science, art, philosophy, and psychology all depend on Enlightenment thinking. Whether it was deciding children should be in school, slavery should end, or America was a good idea, the Enlightenment gave people new, more positive ways to see the world. It's time for an Age of Reason Revival, and if you agree, start by setting knowledge, freedom, and happiness (for yourself and others) as your goals.
"The most important decision you make is to be happy." --Voltaire, a founding voice of the Enlightenment