One of my favorite segments are the Farmer John specials where we pose abstract questions. These post have comments that can generate philosophical, theological , historic and Litterary tangents. Farmer John is our official Philosopher of this blog. Hopefully Justin Morris and Warren will add the religious parts. Ducky will likely add Marxist spin with a smile.
I am not a religious man or philosophical in nature. My world is that of the possible
and practical. I accept that Utopia is a religious construct for the next world. As man himself is not a perfect creation and we have free will societal perfection is impossible. Is my acceptance of an imperfect society in this world defeatism or pragmatism.
Much of mans destructive impulse is from people who strive for Utopia in this world. Nazis wanted to create a racial utopia and started an agressive war and commited attrocities in this quest for Utopia known as the Holocaust. Jihadists seek global hegemony and think they have divine sanction to extort from non muslims. Terrorism is part of a Utopian quest to expand the land of Islam. Communist make man into god and have killed 100,000,000 trying to create their workers paradise.
My contention is that utopians of all stripes will make sacrafices to achieve their goals that are doomed to failure. People become expendable in the cause of Utopia which is just about as real as Sponge Bob Square Pants.
What is your take on Utopians ?