Israel Wayne takes staccato shots at some of the top utopian myths:
Here are the Top Ten Utopian Myths, in no particular order:
Myth 1. Life would be better if everyone had the same income and/or resources.
Truth: A totally classless society is impossible. All attempts at socialism (forced redistribution of wealth) have resulted eventually in overall collective poverty (and an insanely wealthy oligarchy who steals from the public).
Myth 2. If we could only communicate better, then we would understand each other, and we would all get along.
Truth: If we truly understood what everyone else really believed, we might like each other less!
Myth 3. We can legislate our way to a perfect and peaceful society.
Truth: All law is an imposition of an external standard on someone who doesn’t want to embrace it. The problem is not a lack of legislation, it is that many people desire to do things that are harmful to others, and they always will. In case we haven’t noticed, criminals do not obey the law… (emphasis added)
Our utopian dreams are a reflection of our deep understanding we were meant for a better place than this fallen world. We have the power to change our own individual behavior. We don’t have the power, individually or collectively, to create a perfect society. That hasn’t kept humanity from trying, often at great cost. We need to live as much like Christ as possible in this life, and rely on His promise of a future where there is no more “mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore.” Ironically, such “living forwardly” provides the best possible solution to our present circumstances, to the extent we embrace it:
“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.” — C.S. Lewis