The principle of Huttonian uniformism
stated that the mountains periodically crumble by erosion and get into the sea, where they constitute the mass of the future mountains.
No one should have the impudence to speak the monarchist language of uniformism
to a republic of pluralism, the vocabulary of "oneness" to an imagination of many-nesses, the grammar of consolidation to a sensibility that thrives in and on its variations.
Thus, as a reply given to Enlightenment's universalism, formalism, impersonalism and uniformism
, the romantic attitude promoted the respect for individuality (including minorities, and martyrs per se); for the creative impulse; and the freedom to live and act according to unimposed personal principles, but also for unrestricted beliefs and emotions (exemplarily personified by the rebel artist) underlying private life, individual consciousness and rights.
Let me add that we do, of course, also encounter expressions of heavily oppressive uniformism
today--not the least in the form of racism and militant intolerance.
The Senate, though the Senate of the United States, is in fact the Senate of the States, so that never here will the cloud of uniformism
roll over the sun of individualism and the minority....