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Real life, real people – do they fit in utopia?

October 25, 2011

PJ Tattler at Pajamas Media has an essay that talks about the bankruptcy of the culture that fostered the OWS crowd. I think there’s an important tie to bring in…

To begin with, there’s the sense of poverty created by utterly ludicrous expectations. We promised these kids that they were all “good enough, smart enough and, gosh darn it!, that everyone would like them.” We promised them that they were all number one, and that they would never need to make any actual effort to achieve that blue ribbon status.

We’ve talked about this before – the problem with hating and wanting to deny any inequality whatsoever is that…frankly, life isn’t “fair”. And we’d be really unsatisfied with it if it were…If everything were beautiful, nothing is. If everything is ‘excellent’ then nothing is excellent. It caused GK Chesterton to observe once:

The wild worship of lawlessness and the materialist worship of law end in the same void. Nietzsche scales staggering mountains, but he turns up ultimately in Tibet. He sits down beside Tolstoy in the land of nothing and Nirvana. They are both helpless—one because he must not grasp anything and the other because he must not let go of anything. The Tolstoyan’s will is frozen by a Buddhist instinct that all special actions are evil. But the Nietzscheite’s will is quite equally frozen by his view that all special actions are good; for if all special actions are good, none of them are special.

If everyone is “Uber-man” then “uber” becomes….. average

There’s another big important point in ‘lessons learned’ from OWS – the great utopian society hinges on distinctly non-utopian, non ideal humanity. How do you eradicate poverty when poor choices lead to poverty as opposed to lack of opportunity? Back to PJM

Jesus was right “The poor ye always have with you.” No matter how much you perfect your society, you will still be dealing with human imperfection. You will deal with the people who came from dysfunctional homes and continue that dysfunction (with or without help from social services); and with the people who came from totally normal homes (as did my friend) but who were inexorably drawn to a dysfunctional culture. You cannot save them. They willingly embrace habits that lead inexorably to poverty.  …. They are the ones who crowd the welfare roles, live in parks, eat at the homeless shelters, and rotate through jails. They are the imperfect ones. We will always have them with us, and no amount of Leftist utopianism will change that reality.

So exactly how – in the utopian future, do you deal with those who make poor choices repeatedly? Well, Fister had some observations earlier…

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