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Rebellion against the establishment At the beginning of the twentieth century change was in the air People were tired of the artificial European culture enforced through corrupt class tiers in society Many sought for revitalization in the world around them by rebelling against the current establishment and so modernism was born Modernism is defined as a rebellious state of mind that questions all artistic scientific social religious and moral conventions in society Paul De Man said Modernity exists in the form of a desire to wipe out whatever came earlier in the hope of reaching at least a point that could be called a true present a point of origin that marks a new departure People began to question all reality and culture and started to look for ideas that would free them from the bonds of their current societal beliefs Modernism released us from the constraints of everything that had gone before with a euphoric sense of freedom Arthur Erickson Modernism is a very complex era with lots of new ideas and beliefs spreading and circulating around Modernism rejected all systems of beliefNihilism The first major rejection for modernists was religion and moral principles being used to elevate people in society Belief in God was mixed with modernists but what they all agreed on was the idea that man should be able to decide for himself what he should do with his life Modernism may be seen as an attempt to reconstruct the world in the absence of God Bryan Appleyard They believed that for a person to feel whole and part of the modernist movement they needed to be free of the weight of the years of hypocrisy that proceeded them Modernists felt religion should not be controlling of any feelings that might be restrictive to the human spiritA Culture of Fickleness With the rebellion against religion came the questioning of all societal
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