Like most, I dream Utopian visions of a world without hunger and poverty, war or violence, hatred or anger. But it is only a dream, as it is an inherently flawed statement, because it is “anti”. Consider: you can not live in the building you destroy, but only take refuge in the ruble. To live in a superior building–or a superior way–you must build.
So many contemporary ideologically based movements fail by losing focus of what they want and concentrate instead on removing their opposition by focusing on what they don’t want. Many socialists are against corporations, tax breaks for the rich, and any individual or institution that challenges their power. Many Evangelical Christians are against gays, abortions, state-welfare, and any individual that challenges their power.
It is not the application of laws that will bring about the world that we all crave–though have not seen. Our collective values determine the course and position of every society, every institution, and every individual. It is not the application of law, since our laws come from those guided by values.
You can make laws about sharing. You can make laws about marriage. You can make many laws that attempt to build something great by destroying something lesser.
A marxist society fails in that it attempts to regulate every action to be fair, equal, similar, and just. Who makes these laws?
An Evangelical theocracy fails in that it attempts to regulate sin and make people go to heaven–to utopia. But who enforces these laws?
As long as people have built their lives around greed, hatred, and all things divisive and selfish, people will only cower in the ruble of these values. No priests or politicians with these values will ever build anything by pointing the finger at those that break their laws. Laws fill prisons–not heaven. Destruction feeds ego–not people.
I can see utopia. It is a world built on the values within us.