How The ‘Romanticize Your Life’ Trend Is a Rejection Of Postmodernism

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There is a light of hope in the general corruption and degeneration of today’s social media trends. The “make your life romantic” trend has been a move between TikTok and Instagram for over two years.

In short videos, users make their daily lives “romantic” by creating good habits, enjoying simple things, and recognizing the beauty of the world around them. In essence, users are a visual representation of how they are changing their outlook on life.

One of the most popular audios people use when joining a trend is very nice:

You have to start making your life romantic, you have to start thinking of yourself as the protagonist, because if you don’t, life will continue to pass you and make it so beautiful All the little things that go on go unnoticed, so take a moment to look around and realize that being here is a blessing to you.

In embracing the tendency to “make your life romantic,” young people reject the fundamental values ​​of the postmodern era: the world and our lives have no ultimate meaning. This broad perspective pervades all areas of our culture, from art to film, television programming and other social media trends.

This effect is extremely detrimental to people, especially Gen Z. Young people often have no further purpose in their existence. Called the least religious generation to date, nearly half spend an average of 10 hours a day consuming disastrous postmodern media via smartphones. It is no wonder that the incidence of suicide and depression is increasing among teens and young adults.

In reality, modern culture is unfulfilled for the youth formed by it. It does not believe in the truth itself, so it cannot reveal the greater truth about life. Everything is a social construct, nothing innate, morality is relative.

It’s hard to believe that your life is meaningless. That’s why the trend of “making life romantic” has such a strong and lasting grip on social media.

The videos and photos that are part of the “make your life romantic” trend are usually really beautiful, but this is not a coincidence. For years, philosophers like Aristotle and theologians like St. Thomas Aquinas have argued that beauty is objective. Postmodernism instead claims that it is subjective.

One of the most prominent examples of postmodern perspectives on beauty is the harmful “body positivity” trend. This culture desperately claims that obesity is healthy and beautiful. People who claim obesity to be beautiful may have good intentions, but they are wrong and the level of social deconstruction cannot change it. For more evidence of the fight against beauty, see what “art” goes through in the “Contemporary Paintings: 1950 – Present” section of the National Museum.

Ultimately, beauty is non-existent if everything can be beautiful because there is no meaningful criterion for quantifying and assessing beauty. But we know that beauty exists. And so are those who participate in the “make your life romantic” trend. They consistently recognize beauty, record it and share it in video.Befitting the trend to rebuke the idea that life is meaningless, it is also showA world where the idea that beauty is a construct is completely nonsense.

The tendency to “make your life romantic” is a positive reaction to our dark culture, but it’s not perfect. Considering yourself as a “hero” can be good in terms of giving one purpose, but it is not enough for several reasons.

first,”Major “Characters” can influence the toxic narcissism found in Gen Z’s self-love culture. Second, inviting users to “start thinking” about themselves as the protagonist leaves the impression that they are pretending to have meaning in their lives. Trends are just a coping mechanism. In reality, we are an important part of the larger story and we don’t have to lie to ourselves to be achieved.

Thankfully, some cultural forces are doing the right thing. JRR Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy is one of the biggest opponents of emptying postmodern media and literature. Perhaps the most beautiful moment in Tolkien’s legend is when Sam finds himself fighting Frodo, climbing Mount Doom and destroying a ring. of Old tale. Their story, their miserable journey to destroy the ring, is a continuation of the story they were told when they were children: “Why to think about it,” Sam said. It’s happening Will a great story never end? “

I think it’s a lesson that Tolkien gave to everyone when he gave him the little, chunky, shoeless Hobbit that arguably played the biggest role in his epic fantasy novel. Like Sam, when we realize that each of us is in the story, we feel fulfilled. We are not a meaningless mass of matter, where life is simply suffering and its purpose is our inevitable death. No, we are part of a grand plan. An important figure in the story of God’s life.

When Sam and Frodo find themselves in the story and realize that their struggle has a purpose, they find the energy (or perhaps grace) to complete their quest. “That sounds like a great story, Mr. Frodo, it’s a really important story,” Sam said. “I now know that the people in those stories had a lot of potential to turn back, but only they didn’t. They were holding something, so I continued. , There is something good in this world and it’s worth the fight. “

Of course, Tik Tok-ers, who participates in the “make your life romantic” trend, doesn’t understand that life should have a purpose and that the real reason is God. They do not know that their desire for something more meaningful is a call to fight for good in the world. But they realize that they want at least more than the postmodern world has offered them. It’s a step in the right direction.

This story was originally published in a Chicago thinker.


Evita Duffy is a senior contributor to the Federalist and co-founder of Chicago Thinker, studying American history at the University of Chicago. She loves the Midwest, lumberjack sports, writing, and her family. Follow her on her Twitter at @ evitaduffy_1 or contact her at evitapduffy @ uchicago.edu.

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