Next, what is Romanticism? Mr. Romanticist will approach life poetically and dramatically. Life is show business, a passionate drama of titanic proportions to them, and to refuse to acknowledge the possibilities of the here and now is a wasted life. Preparing for the future is not a mortal sin, but it is not really essential. Investment in the dry details in the world-- such as law and the sciences-- is the necessary skin of life, but beauty is the meat that lies inside. Art, music, poetry, the underlying rhythm of the universe is the dripping succulence that lies under our skin and so longs to break free from its bounds. Life is more than preparing for retirement in a sunny little village in Arizona. Life is about beauty. Life is for beauty. What do we live for if not to be pleased? Why live if life is unhappy or unfulfilled? Why live a life in which imagination does not run wild and free? There may not be anything else to look forward to, so embrace the now. And perhaps most importantly, no one is without imagination, because imagination rules the world. If one’s life is not lived imaginatively, free from the cramp of silly social rules, you are on your path to freedom-- your path and no one else’s. Don’t be afraid to squeeze every last drop out of life.
Obviously, there are problems with both of these ideals. The Realist may eventually get bored or depressed if he considers the world too deeply and cannot find any possible hope, which it can be easy to do, since he has rejected the importance of beauty. He can be very susceptible to pessimism, and indeed probably is a pessimist already, and if he is not then he soon will be. He is safely tucked away behind his objectively bulletproof glass shell, where no harm can come to him, since he is completely removed from every situation. He only feels when appropriate, but always thinks, which is not always the pleasantest of occupations. He may know, but not fully understand, or even care to. It can be hard for him to be kind and empathetic. He is safe, and likes it that way. The Realist