The thing about philosophies are whether or not they are applicable in modern times, and more often than not, it is. Kant is considered a central figure in modern philosophy for that same reason, the timelessness of his philosophies. Regarding his views on enlightenment, in today’s society, we highly require the professionals to help us to overcome our problems, and this way of life is truly based on putting our confidence in someone else, as mentioned before, by the simple idea of which we are simply too lazy, and the searching up everything like that, is much too tedious, and people question whether it is worth it. The perfect example of this is the technological advances that we have now, like computers, smartphones, etc. On these devices, we can get any information that we need at the click of a button, or the tap of a screen, and yet, we just believe whatever those professionals say, when we could just as easily, search it up for ourselves. What are people doing instead of searching these things up? social media like Facebook, and Twitter. While I do think that those things originally had the right idea (except for Twitter) of sharing things and lessening the gap between family and friends overseas, these things have been perverted and twisted into another way, in which people enable vulgar behaviour, sharing videos that are aggressive in nature, like street fighting videos, etc. I am straying away from the point here, but what I am saying is that we have all of this amazing technology and instead of using it in a productive way, which it was originally intended on being used for, and instead, using it purely for pleasure, and in doing so, setting us up to believe whatever the professionals say. The concept of knowledge cannot really be changed as knowledge itself cannot change and so that idea that it is based around the things that we experience, as well as our reasoning/way of processing the experience create our knowledge.
Society influences what we think a lot like what would be okay and what isn’t, but one could argue that societal values and norms are very biased, especially towards females. If you were to watch a movie, how do you see women being portrayed? What are they wearing? How are they being treated? These ideas paint unfavourable pictures in the heads of people and they lead to unorthodox ideas, which get exhibited outwardly, which we are about to see in the video. For example, what do you think a woman’s role in society is, or should be? I personally think that women, and girls too, already have a lot of things to worry about, a lot more than a man, and so a woman should not given anything more to worry about and once again, society adds even more pressure and oppression to women’s situation. You see, not only does a woman have to worry about family, work, finance, and their well being, but they also have to worry about being raped, catcalled, degraded, etc. A guy does not have to worry about this kind of stuff, we’re not saying that guys don’t get harassed, but it is a lot more frequent with women than with men. Women are demoted to a value where visuals are what is looked for the most. It is the most desired objective from a woman is to be hot or pretty and that puts a pressure on a woman to please the man. Women are then objectified when faced on the streets. It is very degrading and immoral, which brings in the philosophical category of ethics.
Ethics as stated before is known as the study of morals, which is whether something is good or bad in moral principles and it completely relates to this subject because it is as though people throw their morals away whenever they treat women in this way. Strangely enough, some people think that they are doing something good by doing these things, and ethics takes both of these perspectives into account for this idea. So ethics can be used to test the fairness of a situation, such as how people should treat each other, which is the case of this situation.