You have an excellent point the enlightenment, the printing press, created an expansion of knowledge, one big step in learning, which enabled people to question and give answers to those questions, allowing more and more questions to be asked.
Information was spread it was no longer just the elite who had excess to knowledge.
If you look carefully at those places in the world that are still in the dark ages of ignorance you will find cruel injustice and a desire to keep people in darkness, just has Christianity did in those dark ages, it is the unethical use of ideas of beliefs that use selective parts in a belief to keep all others in darkness so a few may rule.
When knowledge spreads, the darkness loses its hold, the cure for injustice is knowledge, it is the bigot, the intolerant, the self centered, the greedy that will use whatever it takes to remain in power and it needs to stop the enlightenment or it will lose its power.
In time those places of cruel injustice will end because knowledge is ever expanding, it is the misuse of beliefs to justify cruel injustice that desire the ignorant to remain ignorant.
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