Jul 25 2016

Solomon vs. Greek Mythology

blueredboxertoySisyphus is in the red corner: A king in Greek mythology who told a secret of the gods and his punishment was to spend an eternity pushing a boulder up a hill, watch it roll back down, and repeat the process. Sisyphus has been used in literature and philosophy as an example of the lack of purpose and meaning. And Solomon is in the blue corner: In Ecclesiastes he examines his life and exclaims, “Vanity! Vanity!” Solomon wrestled through the meaninglessness of life despite having everything a man of his time could dream of. The match is set and the bell rings-Round 1!

Round 1-Atheism’s Search for Meaning

Atheism denies God as creator, which then leads to the abdication of a moral law. Because of this, finding meaning and purpose is next barrier to overcome. If God did not create humanity what is the purpose to life? To what end is life if all that will happen is death and nothing more? Solomon sees vanity and Atheism keeps looking and looking. A few blows between Solomon and Sisyphus and there we have the end of round 1.

Round 2-Atheism’s Response

Next, the best response atheism can give is a change of attitude. Especially relevant is Albert Camus, a philosopher in the 1940’s and 50’s wrote a work called, The Myth of Sisyphus, and essentially said that a change of attitude needed to occur. There is an end purpose if attitude is changed, right? The end goal is to be happy. Solomon already tried that though. He says, “I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure.” Finally, we have happiness in a meaningless world. It is a band aid on a bursting dam. A few more blows to the heads of the competitors and round 2 is complete.

Activity does not create meaning; it is the other way around.”

-Ravi Zacharias

Round 3-The Pit of Despair

“The exception to the rule proves the rule.” So it is that in order to know if something is fake, the authentic must be known. To deny God is to deny meaning, yet atheism contradicts and denies God yet affirms meaning. Whether the meaning comes through pleasure seeking, or in being a good person, if God is not in the picture, what is the point? Voltaire found futility in existence itself. Solomon found futility in his labor.

Solomon’s portrayal of life under the sun was exemplifying life outside of God. Solomon has a come around moment when he turns meaninglessness into meaning. Life under the sun is at the heart of atheism: Life is meaningless with a forced smiled only to be rolled back down the hill. Finally, it is only when life’s meaning is found in God that Solomon gives Sisyphus an uppercut; leaving Sisyphus falling face first to the ground–Knocked Out.

“You have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.”

Augustine of Hippo

 

For Further Discussion:

Albert Camus’ Myth of Sisyphus: Click Here

 


Jul 18 2016

Whatever Happened to Duty?

graduation-679945_1920Duty. Honor. Lost concepts. During WWII, suicide was not an uncommon solution to a man who was not allowed to join the war effort. Duty to one’s family and country were held in such high esteem.

This degree of duty is unheard of in our society today. Something changed. In the space of 20 years, suicide was replaced by draft card burning. Society’s moral bearings shifted due to the widespread belief of natural selection and other atheistic teachings.

Duty to whom or duty to what cannot be answered satisfactorily if the starting point is natural selection. Of course many have tried to squeeze duty into their theories: utilitarianism and egoism amongst others. Amid these theories is autonomy—the law to one’s self. These concepts have been slowly integrated into the public school system and what we see now is a fully loaded freight train going down a hill with no brakes and going around a bend. Trying to sever the link between God and morality has turned into catastrophe.

Examining the philosophical masters, we need to look no further. A slogan from Jean-Paul Sartre, one of the most well-known existential philosophers of the last century, said, “It is forbidden to forbid.” In current jargon, that has turned into, “Don’t judge.” A glaring contradiction within Sartre’s convictions is his critical judgment on the Vietnam war as immoral. This comes from the man who doesn’t believe in morals and calls others to not forbid anything.

“There are no bounds to horrors of natural selection played out.”

At the heart of natural selection is the theory that the strong dominates the weak. Hitler took these theories and led them to their logical conclusions: Auschwitz. The death of God and the abolition of morals came to surface at the German concentration camps. At Auschwitz, 12,000 people were killed every day because they were ‘inferior’ to the Germanic people. At the Nuremberg Trials, German leaders were being tried for war crimes against humanity. These leaders defended themselves by saying that they operated in accordance to the law of the land and there was no law above that law. This is natural selection at its finest. If there is no ultimate moral authority, there cannot be any answer to who, when, or why.  According to natural selection, the NAZI’s actions were not only okay, but were intrinsic to the reigning world view.

We have come to an age where ethics are a thing of the past. Values have replaced morality. Interestingly, the word values, with its present connotations, can be traced directly back to Nietzsche himself.

“Only a moral system that is logical, meaningful, and practical has answers for any society. In hard terms, the morality that atheism teaches, implies, or espouses is unlivable.” -Ravi Zacharias

Duty. A word with a definition, but without meaning for today. In a world where it is forbidden to forbid and where autonomy is championed, duty is a thing of the past. There are atheists out there who have morals, but it is not consistent with the atheistic world view and cannot be justified within their set of presuppositions. What happened to duty? Like morals, it has slowly been stripped from society.

 

For Further Discussion:

Ravi Zacharias gives examples of intolerance from the ‘tolerant’ atheist: Click Here

 

 


Jul 11 2016

Laws Within a Lawless Mindset

When atheism abandons intelligent design, it will have to struggle to find the essence and purpose of man. The world in which we now live is called the great experiment, for, no society has ever attempted (and survived) to live without some type of deity or higher authority.

There has always been an obligation or ‘oughtness’ to good members of societies. Within the framework of oughtness comes with the idea of purpose. Purpose and that ‘oughtness’ cannot be separated, and, when they attempts are made to separate, what is met is disharmony of society, individuals, and eventually will lead to anarchy.

Here is the problem, within atheism’s self caused universe, there can be no such thing as morality. The individual is the highest authority. When everyone asserts their own personal morality, there is nothing refraining individuals from doing whatever they please.pexels-photo-54539

Friedrich Nietzsche condemned the Christian ethic as seen with helping the poor in the Sermon on Mount and he says that a society living like this is controlled by “losers.” Our society is hacking away at the foundations of morality—only to erect a paper skyscraper of human autonomy.

We are the first civilization in English historian Arnold Toynbee’s history that, societally speaking, have not married moral law/instruction together with our children’s education. Even the societies that did not claim a specific God still had a strong moral framework that permeated within it’s citizens.

Society is in the process of rewriting the rules.

1. Pragmatism has replaced duty and honor.

2. Expressing one’s self has replaced a higher authority.

3. Doing good has morphed into feeling good.

4. Collectivism has been trampled by the sole of individualism.

5. Facts have turned to preference.

“Honor, truth, and morality have been sacrificed at the alter of autonomy and self-worship.” -Ravi Zaacharias

Today’s mantra is “Autonomy at any cost.” In this emotionally driven world, the people don’t know exactly what they are asking for. It sounds great if you are on the winning side. Just like the German’s in WWII—thinking they were glad they weren’t Jews.

To conclude, the purpose of man has been stripped apart from what man ought to do. If the purpose of man is meaningless (evolution), it follows that there should be no oughtness to man. Man ought not to do good to his fellow man. Man ought not to love his neighbor and be compassionate. Friedrich Nietzsche’s superman is in direct opposition to this. Only the strong should survive. The weak should be annihilated. Anarchy is the next step. Such is the path of atheism and laws within a lawless mindset doesn’t make sense. No purpose, no oughtness—utter hopelessness.


Jul 4 2016

Science Proves Science Wrong

What takes more faith to believe in: Evolution or God?

Atheism confesses that God does not exist. With God not existing, an explanation must be given to explain where the universe came from and many theories have been created: The Big Bang, for example. The question needing to be answered is where did the material that collided with the other material come from? Charles Darwin claimed the eyeball has gone through a set of processes evolving from a lower form to a higher form. The problem with Darwin is he could not explain where the eye came from to begin with. It takes more faith to believe in evolution than to believe in God.

Why put more faith in a system where there are three major scientific conflicts?

3 Scientific Areas of Conflict Within Evolution

1. There is no unifying system that brings together all areas of science into a homogeneous component.

2. Within the evolutionist community, there are several disagreements over 3 different time periods.

3. There have been so many theoretical possibilities of origin for the world. Which one is right?

The first mistake of atheism is the insuperable leap from evolution to first causes. The theories of the evolution process come after the known origin of anything in the universe. Its like trying to figure out a proof in geometry without knowing what numbers to start with. It won’t make sense. Evolutionary science can’t answer the questions of ‘how’ or ‘why’ of there being something instead of nothing. In spite of this, there are those who take the blind leap. All that comes from the scientists is an explanation that “fails to explain.”

startup-photosEvolution flies in the face of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics of physics. This law essentially states that heat can’t transfer from a colder body to a hotter body without it not affecting the other body. With evolution, biology is being pitted against physics and they end up working against each other, in an utter contradiction. Put differently, the biological world is trying to evolve to a higher quality while the natural world is going down the spiral of disorder and degeneration. If the world tends towards chaos and disorder, according to the 2nd law, than evolution is impossible.

What is the chance that molecular amino acids just randomly form together perfectly to create a protein strand? But it doesn’t stop there. What is the chance that every single system we have in the field of science has been brought together by pure chance? It takes more faith to believe in this than to believe in a perfect, all-powerful, all-knowing God to create this world in which we live. What is ironic is many who believe in evolution do not believe in miracles…every organism and every process is a miracle. If evolution were true, it would be a miracle. But then, a miracle by definition comes from the Divine.

To conclude, a theoretical physicist named Dr. Polkinghorne gave a speech at Cambridge University saying, “There is no free lunch. Somebody has to pay, and only God has the resources to put in what was needed to get what we’ve got.” There is no other suitable explanation. It would take more faith to believe in random chance than in God, but don’t take it from us, take it from the good doctor himself.


Jun 27 2016

To the Atheistic Skeptic: “Is man the measure of all things?”

The ultimate question: Can man live without God?

Pridefully, I look at my own life and think that I have things under control. It is truly amazing how ‘in control’ I feel until some unforeseen circumstance arises and reality hits that I am far from “in control.”

While looking at this question, Mortimer J. Adler said, “More consequences for life and action follow from the affirmation or denial of God than any other basic question.” It makes sense: if there is no ultimate authority, it cannot be said honestly that there is an injustice if a child is molested, an unborn baby murdered, or a man steals ten dollars from his boss. The answer to this ultimate question infiltrates every realm of man’s life.

So is there a God or not?

With true atheism, the universe is mechanical—including man. With this thinking, determinism was the new buzz word amongst philosophers and psychologists in the nineteenth century. Charles Darwin began touting the idea that man came from natural selection—evolving from animals. This was all atheism needed; a “scientific supported reality.”

Darwin had such a consequential impact on the world as we know it today. Darwin laid the foundations of the modern Tower of Babel and impacted Karl Marx to the point where Marx dedicated his work, Das Kapital to Darwin himself. Marx, believing religion was used to control people and thereby creating societal hierarchies, took Darwin’s theory, applied it to economics, and believed he would create his man-made utopia consisting of a class-less society.

Another level of the Tower was laid.order-1398742_1920

Darwin, being a major scientific influencer just so happened to awaken a philosopher whose impact is currently in process. It has been like a hurricane that hit the coast and is still going strong throughout the country. This philosopher was Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche’s influence spread to the likes of Stalin, Hitler, and Mussolini. Hitler schemed his ideas to eliminate the weak and breed the “superman” based off of Nietzsche’s ideas. These ideas were based on atheism.

The Tower Stretches to the Sky

Sigmund Freud could be added to the list of those influenced by Nietzsche. His ideals for sexual freedom forever marred the sacred marriage bed. Such is the fruit of a world without God. God is dead,” said Nietzsche.  Nietzsche tried to live out the outworking of atheism logically and he went insane the last 10 years of his life.

The Steeple of the Tower

The bloodiest period of history and a world gone mad in the 20th century was Nietzsche’s prediction since God was dead in the 19th century. Such utter hopelessness, hatred, and tyranny of the soul comes from atheism.

It is a suicidal philosophy that embraces a belief in God—so said Albert Camus, of course, an atheist. Ironically, at the height of atheism’s success, is simultaneously the height of the world’s suicide rate.

Just like in ancient times, the people building the Tower of Babel were doing so to essentially make themselves God. Man tried to be the measure of all things. And what did God do? He took the ‘control’ from them. The Tower was destroyed. And so it shall be for atheism.

 

 

 


Jun 20 2016

Gun Control: Sun Tzu and Natural Theology

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting”. So said Sun Tzu in his well-known work, The Art of War. Sun Tzu’s ideas about war and combat have been applied to many areas of modern life, but how do they apply to the idea of gun control?

With so many people putting forth so many opinions about the topic of gun control, it can be easy to get confused or caught up in emotional arguments. We have seen countless examples, acts of terror and mindless violence, that serve as fuel for the fires of emotional appeal. “Keep us safe! Don’t put deadly weapons in the hands of criminals!” the people cry, pointing at the tragic shootings that have taken place in this country. But, there are some key misunderstandings about what gun control is, and what it would or would not accomplish.

What many don’t seem to grasp is that gun control would not have that much of an impact on the crimes and massacres that keep occurring. We would like to think that we could live in a perfect country, a country with no guns and, subsequently, no shootings. Perhaps even no crimes. But, that’s not what gun control would achieve. What the government wants to do is place limitations on the citizens, increasing its power and decreasing theirs. They don’t want to rid the country of guns. And even if they did, that wouldn’t solve the problem either. There are many examples of countries where guns are restricted to the point of being outlawed, and crime is still a major issue.Revolver on Table

But, what is perhaps the most common point made is that, even if legislations and restrictions were to be placed on law-abiding citizens, limiting their ability or right to own guns, that doesn’t mean that the law breakers will follow those laws. In fact, the opposite effect would occur, as the Crime Prevention Research Center has shown us. Laws, by nature, incite law-breakers. They work like scales, and increased power on one end of the scale tips the balance. In recent American history, we saw the rise of two major underground trade empires; the prohibition act laid the foundation for modern organized crime, and the existence of ‘illegal’ drugs created the infamous drug empire that has infiltrated our country today. By examining both of these black market empires, one can see that restricting and especially outlawing something only creates a higher demand for that thing, and it will be traded and obtained whether legally or not. This is even seen in underground gun trade, in this country and in others. Creating laws banning guns will do nothing to stop law breakers from getting their hands on weapons.

Now, what gun control would accomplish would be to further restrict our personal freedoms, and the liberties we enjoy as made clear in the second amendment. And, a stricter gun ban could become what many Americans fear: an abolishment of the second amendment. While this is an extreme scenario, it is a scenario that has become a nightmare for many staunch gun owners. But, their point is a valid one, in that the ownership of the gun itself is in many ways more important than if and how that gun is used. As Sun Tzu says, a battle is best won when we can subdue an enemy and not fight. Practically, by carrying a weapon, we have the ability to deter or eliminate a threat without firing once. But in the grander scheme of things, the reason gun ownership is so important is that it protects us from our government. It allows us to protect ourselves, to win the battle of home and self-defense, without fighting. Gun ownership protects us not because we fire the gun, but because we can. And that is why it’s important to battle these legislations. By retaining control of our guns, we defend ourselves and our neighbor both practically and politically. Don’t give the law breakers power at the law-keeper’s expense.

Written By: T.W.

For Further Discussion:

The CATO institute discusses myths surrounding Gun control.


Jun 13 2016

What Existentialism is and Why You Should Care

“What is existentialism?” said the most well-known existentialist of the 20th century. Jean-Paul Sartre died denying he was an existentialist, yet the entire world said that he was. So what is existentialism and why should I care?

‘Be you! Do whatever you want.’ Such reflects the attitude of existentialism. Existentialism falls under the realm of lightstock_347701_download_medium_user_5800378ontology, or the study of being. The focus is on the nature of the human condition. The implications of its teachings are far-reaching; no morality, absolute subjectivity, and extreme autonomy. If accepted on a wide scale, it would lead to a catastrophic melt down of society.

3 Key Themes

Living out Existentialism: Some argue that Existentialism is not a philosophy because it is not a formal system. Existentialism is a set of ideas that we use in our framework—in our daily lives, therefore, we live out existentialism. Karl Marx is known to critique philosophies of the past because, he believed, the point is not to know things, but to change things. Existentialism is active.

Anxiety and Authenticity: Anxiety for the existentialist is not how the average person would describe it. The main point is that humans are on their own; there is no ultimate authority and no one telling us how to live. To be ‘authentic’ to the existentialist means that humans would live according to their nature. This concept has taken over society. “Be free to live as you please.” “Don’t be defined.” “No one has the right to tell you different.” This is the heart of individualism.

Freedom: The American Forefathers fought for freedom against political tyranny. Existentialism fights for freedom of the individual to dictate their own future—against the wishes of any deity or authority. Within this freedom is also a responsibility. This doesn’t necessarily mean accepting the consequences for one’s actions, but the responsibility to make the decision. This freedom, for many existentialists, is the freedom to be autonomous. Is it any wonder that a woman who was extremely influential in the feminist movement in the twentieth century was an existentialist? Her name was Simone de Beauvoir, author of, The Second Sex, and was the lover of Jean-Paul Sartre.

2 Reasons Why You Should Care

Don’t be an Easy Target-Be Watchful: The Word of God calls us to be, “wise as serpents”, “watchful”, and seekers of that which is true, noble, right, and pure. We must strive to examine life and ideologies that we face everyday in commercials, advertisements, movies, music, and rhetoric. Knowing the foundations of the philosophies floating around can help us avoid being an easy target.

We Can Impact Future Generations: By knowing the pervasive ideologies that flow like the Niagara straight at our children, we can teach them the truth, Biblical reality, and thereby building up the Church of Christ for generations to come. It is imperative that we understand where culture is heading and to be mindful of its philosophies and ideologies because our children depend on us to guide them in the way they should go.

Col. 2:8 “Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ.

For Further Discussion:

The Father of Existentialism-Soren Kierkegaard

Jean-Paul Sartre Documentary

 


Jun 6 2016

Modern Art in Ancient Israel

Bezalel. Sounds like a great name for your first born son, right? As strange as it is, Bezalel was the first recorded person in the Bible to be filled with the Holy Spirit and his calling was to be an artist for the Tabernacle. News to some, art flows through the…

history and culture of God’s people. While it can be difficult to know what kind of art is pleasing or displeasing to the Lord, artwork has been specifically sanctioned by God for ancient Israel and can be used by us today to glorify God.

Art was specifically sanctioned by God.”

Abstract, symbolic, and representational types of art were ordained by God for the use of His worship and glory. Abstract art is not representative of anything (i.e. not symbolic) but simply made for beauty.

It is understandable that the Israelites, striving to be faithful to God’s prohibition against graven images, would not desire to place representational art in the temple. But God instructs these works of art to be displayed. Pomegranates, lilies, lions, oxen, and palm trees were placed in their dedicated places at the word of the Lord.

Glorify God with Excellence.”

Finding and staying within boundaries is sometimes an arduous task. Having seen that God has authorized different types of art (i.e. abstract and representational), it is not surprising that He has allowed the depiction of spiritual realities. The creation of the invisible to the visible. Heavenly beings, like Cherubim angels, were portrayed in the temple. Where it can become tricky is differentiating between objects of worship and objects that point to the true Object of worship.

The slaughter of goats and bulls is gorgeous art, which pleased the Creator. Yes, pause for a moment and you shall old man on sidewalk creating artagree that Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement was art, perhaps even comparable to an ancient play elaborately performed each year. Symbolic art can teach and communicate ideas. Taking the sublime example of the Day of Atonement, which conveyed the gospel. The Lord commanded the high priests to offer sacrifices which represented the coming Messiah who offered “once and for all a sacrifice to satisfy Divine Justice.” This was communicated symbolically. Further, the Lord commanded the garments of the High Priest to have twelve jewels affixed to the robes, symbolizing the twelve tribes of Israel. In many ways, this seems more like modern art, instead of the more ‘classical.’

Our art should set us apart, for, we are a holy people.”

Christian art critic, Gene Edward Veith explains, “The aesthetic and expressive dimensions of art are thus sanctioned by the Scriptures.” The Word of God is ladened with different art variations such as poetry, visual arts, music, and fiction as presented in the parables. In Ancient Israel, there is a plethora of creative variety, giving us freedom in our artistic expressions. Above all, our goal in the arts, as well as everything in life is to do everything to the glory of God. We are to be a holy people like the Israelites, set apart for God’s purpose, giving glory to Him in all we do, even in the realm of art in all it’s creativity. Modern art is just one of those many ways.

Further Discussion:
W. Stranger discusses about abstract art and meaning.


May 30 2016

Biblical Principles for Art

Christians tend to over spiritualize things. Analyzing and looking at art Biblically is usually one of those things. Striving to honor the Lord by searching out the Scriptures, while not crossing the line into over-spiritualizing, we find there are Biblical principles to help us in the art world.

In the Bible, art and artwork is not prohibited. God is not anti art. God commanded the Israelites to make artistic designs for the Tabernacle—to worship God by glorifying Him and instructing His people.

Beauty is an end in itself.”

Fascinatingly, God said that art could be made for beauty. And you shall make holy garments…for glory and for beauty” (Ex. 28:2). Beauty can be an end in itself.

Unfortunately, Christians have, by and large, have neglected the arts. We don’t know what to do with art and Christian artists. God ordains the vocation of an artist. Being able to artistically create and teach is a gift from God. Exodus 35:31 gives specific Biblical principles for Christian Artists.

and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship,”

The gifts God has given the Christian artist are:music-church-religion-cathedral

  1. Being filled with the Spirit
  2. Talent/Ability
  3. Intelligence
  4. Knowledge

What magnificent gifts! What gets in the way is sin. Sin hardens our hearts, blinding us to the loveliness of the truth and compelling us to make idols; which are hideous deceptions. In Christian Art’s Dilemma, art must be honest. In order to have ultimate truth, Jesus Christ must be known, for, He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Through Him we are truly set free. Not merely set free from sin, which brings shame and dishonor to God, but we are free to create art for the glory of God in an entirely new way.

We are made to create beauty, enjoy beauty, and glorify God with beauty.”

God has given us beauty. He Himself is Ultimate Beauty and the Ultimate Artist. It makes me revel in the thought that we are made in God’s Image and have been given the gift of creating beauty, enjoying beauty, and glorifying Him with beauty. With the Psalmist, let us ask and seek from the LORD: “That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD and to meditate in His temple” (Ps. 27:4).

 

 

For Further Discussion:

Biblical Principles of Aesthetics on Renew the Arts


May 23 2016

Art War

Romance, Cupid, and love are probably the average person’s thoughts on the era of Romanticism. This era, ranging roughly from 1800-1880, was not about a mushy, gushy feeling, but rather the glorification of something. In the realm of art, the focus of the Romantics did not glorify objects, but concepts such as liberty, despair, heroism etc. This glorification, however, was swelling with feelings and emotions. The personalization of the artist was morphing into the norm.

With revolutions devastating most of Europe, the downtrodden people wanted to escape reality. They could only escape through their dreams and imaginations. Men became inward focused instead of outward focused, foregoing reason and intellect, which was fostered by the Enlightenment a century prior. While Romanticism was inspired by the current events going on around them, the artist continued to reach back into the past; contrary to Realism. Realism neglected the past because of its focus of the here and now.pexels-photo (11)

Coincidentally, the Realism Era overlapped with Romanticism. The landscape artwork with the emphasis in nature was the merger between the two eras because landscapes could work in both frameworks. Realism surfaced because of the abrupt changes caused by the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution spurred humanity’s chant of “Progress!”

In the age where the telephone was invented and machinery took over labor, the glorification of real individuals, work, and social justice abounded. The artists during this time period in the late 1800’s focused more on the concrete.

“Romanticism’s dreams woke up to face the stark reality of Realism”

The dreams could not last forever—man finally had to accept the real world. The Scientific age, drawn from Naturalism, assisted society in focusing on the cold, hard facts. In the art realm, the art was drawn from the artist’s perception of how he viewed the world. This led to Impressionism, championed by Monet, and was steered toward abstract art and expressionism.

“Ideas have Consequences,” said philosopher Richard M. Weaver. We can see throughout this quick article how people take ideas and create new ideas. Art has an impact on society and it is important to be aware of the consequences of actions, for, it is we who are influenced by them. Romanticism had an impact on Modern art but not until it went through Realism. Romanticism focused on feelings, Realism focused on facts. How often do we focus get stuck on ‘this’ or ‘that’ instead realizing that its ‘both/and.’ Let us glean from both Romanticism and Realism for its strengths and strive to focus on the good, the true, and the beautiful.