Romanticism & Civil Disobedience

Romanticism, Civil Disobedience & 2 Men of Peace

Romanticism Vocabulary

Idealism

Idealism means the belief that reality isn't "Out there" in material objects, but reality is our ideas about things. I think this idea is interesting because reality is what we think about when we see something, other than what it actually is. It's more than what you think it actually is. "Imagine there's no countries. It isn't hard to do nothing to kill or die for and no religion too. Imagine all the people living the life in peace." -John Lennon. I agree with John's quote since he's saying that if we imagine a chaos in the world, there's still hope to resolving it with the people around you. In today's world, many people think of ideas as what they are. Others would take it seriously when they have their own opinions or how they think about the idea of what something is. There's no right or wrong answers to idealism. It's just judgement of what reality is to us.

Individualism

The meaning of individualism is the belief that the freedom of the individuals to "Act out their heart," is more important than a government. I thought this idea was interesting because people will suffer if they don't express their feelings with another individual. "I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea." -Fyodor Dostoevsky. I agree with this idea of individualism because most of the people who work together as a group, tend to get tired of it in a long period of time. It's also saying that people should go to hell other than talking to an individual. Afterwards, he/she should just accept the way the world is and live independently. The idea is an option when people get fed up with what they have to follow. It's their choice to calm down and continue to follow the path or make a difference to change their way of life. Many people have their own individualism in America. They usually think of themselves or mind their own business when someone tries to get their attention. It's better to mind your own business because they'll turn you into a problem when your trying to be the center of attention.

Optimism

The meaning of optimism is the belief that good must win over evil. Hopefulness and confidence about the future. I think this idea of optimism is very important because people should have positive thoughts about their future. We wouldn't live normally when people are pessimistic. "Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power." -William James. I agree with this quote since pessimism is the opposite of optimism. It's not really leading to power, but hopefulness and confidence for the future. I think that we shouldn't be optimistic all the time. If we keep thinking that we'll have a bright future, we might not have what we expected. People where I live tells us to do what we're doing and never predict our future. It all goes the same for American culture. People don't complain or even bother to talk about their future. They respect the way life is and don't blabber about who's has higher expectations of who'll they be.

Intuition vs. Logic

The meaning of Intuition is the ability to understand something without thinking through it. Logic is being able to explain something with a reason or with reasoning. Intuition is knowing the answer by gut or heart feeling and logic is knowing the answer by facts and statistics. "The truth about life and lie about life is not measured by others, but by your intuition, which never lies." -Santosh Kalwar. I agree that truth and lies about life are not measured by others because people aren't suppose to control your life. I don't really agree with the intuition that never lies because, sometimes your intuition isn't always the right answer. It depends on how you understood the information and stuck with it in the beginning. It might be the change or you got the wrong information. For logic, the truth is on Earth. Everybody lives by facts and statistics. If someone speaks from their intuition, others think that it's their opinions over facts. People judge by this whether if it's true or not. This lives within the American culture and the world around it.

Response to Henry D. Thoreau

Dear Mr. Thoreau,


Your ideas about government gave me a new perspective. I think that it’s crazy not to obey the law, but following your consciousness or heart is important. I would also not pay the government even when I’ll have to face what my punishment would be. I would agree that a government is no government because most governments are inexpedient and their power can be abused before people have time to respond. I also agree that the government doesn’t keep the country free, doesn’t settle the West and doesn’t educate people. It’s half-witted that it doesn’t do anything, but gets itself out of a major problem. Even the elected officials act as if they’re mischievous kids, which gives you a picture of the government. I agree that each person should do what he or she thinks is right rather than what the laws says because our state of mind tells us what is right. The government might force you to obey the law, but our minds is free, which they can’t do anything about it. I agree that going to jail for following your heart is more free than obeying the unjust law because when a human follows the law, they feel as if they’re free even if the law tells them what to do. They’re too blind to know that they’re actually being enslaved by the government. I feel as if I’m not free right now because I’m following what I have to do. Being in jail will have less effect on being forced than being outside because you’re solitude and the government gets their attention on other people like yourself and put them where you are. In conclusion, your ideas have inspired me to write you a letter.


Sincerely, Paul.

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi to me is a symbol of peace. One of his ideas is Gandhism. Gandhism is a body of ideas that is based on truth and non-violence. Gandhi didn't accept this because he didn't want to claim new principle or doctrine. He has tried to apply eternal truths to our daily life. His teachings to the people weren't done, because he said that he might change them "tomorrow." The truths and non-violence will never change. One of Gandhi's ideas is truth. Any reasoning must be based on truth, and the action of every people need to be based on principles of truth. If your thoughts and actions are followed by falsehood, everything fails. Gandhi tried to search for truth by learning from his mistakes and trying to conquer his own enemies. Another idea that I understand is non-violence. "When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always." -Mahatma Gandhi. Non-violence was very important to his belief and to his message. His views revolved around his ideas. If he didn't have any non-violent protests, there would be a lot of dead people in India. People would also remember him differently of who he is and the choices he made during his life.
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Thoreau & Gandhi

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In today's world, people would find the government unjust. They would protest against it when they have some things in common for them. People would resist against force from the authority. People would end up getting injured and going to jail even if they have or haven't fought back to the authority. Thoreau's and Gandhi's view of government were similar in a way people gave a new perspective of today's government. They were both against the government's laws because they were unjust. Gandhi had a strong influence in the works of Thoreau's writing. Not only were they leaders, they were non-violent protesters with a work that revolves around a wrong or injustice that was done by a large group with absolute amount of power. One difference between them is that Thoreau focuses on his personal experiences that happened to him. Gandhi speaks to the reader of how to take action and what must be done to make changes to the way that things are being done wrong at the time. Whom I found more effective will probably be Gandhi because he finds a way to make differences to change the unjust laws and the peaceful work of non-violence. Many people participated during the Eve of the Historic Dandi March to gain what was meant for them to have. I still think that people find a non-violent protest to be more effective because the world will get a new perspective of the government when it fights back.

Sources

  • Dr. Ravindran Kumar. Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal & Gandhi Research Foundation. University of Meerut, Web. 8 December 2015.
  • Wikipedia, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikipedia, 20 November 2015. Web. 9 December 2015.
  • Zander. "Comparison of Thoreau and Gandhi" Zander's Blog. n.p., 14 November 2010. Web. 10 December 2015.