Fukuzawa the Iconoclast


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Iconoclasm is destruction of religious icons as well as other symbols of monuments deliberately typically with political or religious motives. This shows that there is a frequent component of change either religiously or politically. Fukuzawa Yukichi tried as much as possible to change the cultures ad traditions of Japan and therefore he is considered by many people as a ma of striking ambivalence and an iconoclast because of what he did by ensuring that Japanese cultures are replaced by English cultures. He was learned and well educated and hence he knew the advantages of embracing and using English language in communication (Corson-Finnerty, 2006). Fukuzawa stood at the progressive forefront and advocated for individual freedom as well as independence. He broke away or destroyed religious icons concerned about learning and freedom by ensuring that all people embraced the universal pursuit of utilitarian learning, equality in matters relating to property rights and wives and husbands in a family. According to the Japanese religion, women or rather wives were subject to the rule of their husbands and hence there was no equality in homes.