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What is the influence of Romanticism on today's culture?

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meghan345123 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted October 2, 2012 at 3:41 PM via web

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What is the influence of Romanticism on today's culture?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 2, 2012 at 4:06 PM (Answer #1)

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First, we must acknowledge that there is no one culture that is shared by all people, even within a single country.  Therefore, any discussion of the impact of Romanticism on our culture must be generalized and will not apply to all people.  That said, we can identify at least two important ways in which Romanticism affects our culture today.

Individualism.  The Romantics were very interested in the uniqueness of the individual.  They encouraged people to follow their own desires instead of conforming to societal norms.  We have arguably taken this to extremes in the United States, with a culture that encourages people to do whatever they feel like doing.

Emotion over reason.  This can arguably be seen in the clash in our country between religion and science.  People who believe in the Bible as literal truth typically believe this because they have an emotional or intuitive certainty that the Bible is the word of God.  This is not something that can be proven scientifically or objectively.  Therefore, they use emotion as the basis of their decision to reject scientific ideas such as evolution and to place their faith in the Bible.




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