It is only the superficiality of the Naturalists that classifies Romanticism as
“an escape”; this is true only in the very superficial sense of contemplating a
glamorous vision as a relief from the gray burden of “real-life” problems. But
in the deeper, metaphysical-moral-psychological sense, it is Naturalism that
represents an escape—an escape from choice, from values, from moral
responsibility—and it is Romanticism that trains and equips man for the
battles he has to face in reality.