19 April, 2013
Romanticism Blog Post
In my life, I believe that I am more of a product of the Romantic Era rather than the enlightenment. I say this for many reasons. One reason is that in class on the Romantic quiz that we took I scored a 7 out of ten leaning toward the romantic side of things. I also find myself really relating to the questions as well. For one, I find that many religious and spiritual experiences happen while I am out in nature. I appreciate nature and understand, at least for me, that being out in nature appreciating it, is a kind of therapy. Being away from the city and all the people and noise, something about being out in the woods or the desert, it is beautiful and serene. I also think that society has the power to corrupt people. If you are not careful and know your beliefs and strongly believe them, you may be swayed by the ideas of society. Society tries to set the bar of perfection so high that it makes people think that they are not good enough and it changes how they are and what they think. Emerson says that we need to be “nonconformist”, this means for us to be different from society and to not go along with the norm. He says that, “nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” The last thing and most important is our own mind and our own ideas. That is the ideals of a true Romantic.