„Enlightenment“ is the name of the cultural current since the 18th century, in which everything that happens should be clarified by rational thinking and explaining. This „clarification“ took place and takes place – because we are still in this current – in the typical way of the mind. It takes what is recognizable to it in its horizon and breaks it down to time and space. This is then the „enlightenment“. Everything else, for which he has no explanation, is removed from reality by him. Thus he can make himself believe that he can explain everything he sees, that he sees clearly, that he has the perspective. „Enlightenment“ is thus rather a reduction, a pruning of knowledge, an impoverishment of perception. So one can say that every explanation leaves something out of account. It is never complete, because it always takes sides.
The Enlightenment takes sides in relation to the elemental forces of the spiritual and the material. This makes it a somewhat special case.