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)
Read the rest here.
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
Archeologists continue to find out more about the utopia that was the Western Hemisphere before paradise was troubled by the arrival of the Europeans:
Aztec human sacrifices were far more widespread and grisly that previously thought, archaeologists have revealed.
In 2015 archaeologists from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) found a gruesome ‘trophy rack’ near the site of the Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City.
Now, they say the find was just the tip of the iceberg, and that the ‘skull tower’ was just a small part of a massive display of skulls known as Huey Tzompantli that was the size of a basketball court…
Some Spanish conquistadors wrote about the tzompantli and its towers, estimating that the rack alone contained 130,000 skulls…
And since not only men but women and children are represented in the excavation’s finds, it shows how progressively egalitarian Aztec society was.
OK, enough sarcasm. Imagine being a sincerely devoted Spanish Christian who came upon such a scene in its heyday. Would you have tried to understand it as a legitimate alternative cultural norm equally valid to your own, or would you have seen a literally monumental affront against God’s greatest creation (human beings), and acted accordingly?
It’s one thing to criticize the abuses Europeans inflicted upon the native peoples of the Americas. It’s quite another to consider the two societies to be on the same moral footing. The word “savage” is no longer in vogue, but correctly used it describes a society completely cut off from the Truth and the Word of God.
But before we moderns become too conceited, let’s remember that savagery and human sacrifice aren’t extinct, and some of the worldviews that lead to it are still very much with us.
The New York Times has been running a series of articles noting the centennial of the October Revolution in Russia in 1917. It’s certainly a good idea to keep people mindful of the impact of what the Times is calling the “Red Century,” as the only way to learn from history is to study it.
The problem is it seems most of the time in these writings that the Times hasn’t learned a thing:
To be fair, such headlines are in keeping with long tradition at the Times, always looking on the bright side of Communism. Their tweet today is a classic:
“For all its flaws…” Wow. ‘Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?’ To be fair, the Times article being advertised does reveal it wasn’t all sunshine and roses for women under Mao. But the tweet headline above comes from the closing paragraph, thus putting emphasis on the alleged positive developments. Not once, however, does it mention the impact of millions of Chinese girls aborted–sometimes due to State force– because of China’s one-child policy conflicting with the traditional Chinese preference for male children. A rather amazing omission. Guess the Times considers abortion accessibility hand in hand with women “dreaming big.”
When I’m shaking my head in amazement that so many young people today see collectivism in a positive light, I have to remember this is what their vulnerable young minds are being fed. This is simply more of the subversion I referred to in yesterday’s post: treason spread out over time. With a century of well-documented communist experience behind us, modern defenders of centralized planning and top-down social organization are left only with the No True Scotsman defense for Communism: “it’s never really been tried”–all the efforts of Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot notwithstanding. If only a society would fully embrace it, it could work, they say.
I wonder what “big dreams” the young woman in the photo above might have had…