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Fig 5.23 – Romanticism

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Rousseau developed Romanticism, a counter-Enlightenment movement, because the Enlightenment movement not only rejected feelings, but the new sciences had the erroneous idea that emotions were dangerous. The Rousseau mantra was I feel, Therefore I am. Emotions are the best proof of the existence of a higher power because it is in nature where one feels connected to something greater: to God. In nature, humanity is uncorrupted. It is life in modern society where individuals are losing their humanity. In the socialization process, people are taught to repress their feelings and natural desires, which causes evil and anti-social behavior.

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