Sunday, July 09, 2006

Am I a Romantic?

ro·man·ti·cism n.
often Romanticism An artistic and intellectual movement originating in Europe in the late 18th century and characterized by a heightened interest in nature, emphasis on the individual's expression of emotion and imagination, departure from the attitudes and forms of classicism, and rebellion against established social rules and conventions.
Romantic quality or spirit in thought, expression, or action. (wikipedia)

By this definition I would have to say that my first reaction to most anything is a romantic one, but, over the years I have learned that most people in the U.S. don’t want to deal with a passionate debate. It is much easier to maintain social rules than to buck them.

But, go to Europe and walk past any café and you will find Romanticism in full force. Every conversation is emotional and rebellious. From politics to soccer, it is loud and demonstrative. I suppose that this atmosphere still lives in colleges and among academics. I certainly see it in my daughter after one year of University. For the most part I would say I am a combination of reason and romantic. The reason is practical and gets me from one place to another, the romantic makes me feel alive and young and full of hope.