As a means of encouragement, who has not sought out people and places they would then describe as "enlightened?" It's a bit like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall, but that doesn't stop people -- sometimes with enormous fervor -- from trying.
And as a means of encouragement, who has not sought out people and places they would then describe as "not enlightened?" The same difficulties rise up -- trying to nail Jell-O to a wall -- but once again, that doesn't stop anyone from trying.
Certainly encouragement is something we could all use: The current state of affairs is often uncertain and painful. Encouragement, effort, discipline -- all useful things.
But also ... isn't it a little like running around announcing the sky is blue when the sky is blue? What would "enlightenment" be without enlightenment? Could it be "not enlightened?" But that doesn't compute when the sky is, after all, blue.