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Utopian Dream

utopiaSir Thomas Moore told us about  the  great  utopian  dream –  a  perfect, ideal and excellent society.

From the dawn of civilization, we have witnessed how the different societies of the world transformed from crudity and basal simplicity to  fabulous modernity  and great sophistication. So modern and sophisticated societies, including ours, have become. Gone are the crude gadgets of yore, replaced by electronic and computerized equipment. A writer once said, “Buildings and other structures have become taller and highways wider and life has become more convenient with faster transportation, better medicines, and instant and fast foods.”

Is this the realization of the great utopian dream? Have we finally established an ideal and perfect society?

Our distinguished members of the board of judges, esteemed members of the academe, my fellow learners, beloved parents and friends, to those questions you have heard, the answer is a resounding “NO!”

Notwithstanding modernity and sophistication our society is not excellent. Neither is it  ideal. To say it is clothed in perfection is tantamount to peddling the biggest lie ever told. For while great advances in technology and science have been recorded, the basic problems of humanity remained unabated. For even if more and more universities and learning centers are established, illiteracy and ignorance still persist. For despite the innovations made in agriculture and medicine, more and more people die in hunger, sickness and deprivation. The many roads and bridges built failed to bridge the gap between cultures and races. And while the skyscrapers get higher  and higher, the uprush of criminality and other forms of human problems are not far behind.

With all the aforementioned, would you call this society  excellent, ideal, perfect?

Those words show what this society is not, and may never be!

Humanity basked  in  the  glory  and  brilliance  of  the  transmogrification it had effected society. Such changes, however, are simply like a facade. It’s superficial. Our society looks good only from the outside. The great utopian dream goes beyond science and technology. It transcends materialism. It is something spiritual. This is because perfection and excellence in society are not measured by things visible to the naked eyes.

Our society  has  indeed modernized. But like a  wooden sculptural masterpiece, it is outwardly majestic yet deep within termites are slowly eating it up. Look! Thieves, rapists and killers are like hungry predators freely roaming the streets, hunting for their helpless preys. Many are either dying or killing other people because of hunger. People butchering one another in the name of ideology. Many people are living in subhuman conditions. This is not utopia. It’s the opposite — DYSTOPIA!

Like a busted machine, our society needs a complete overhaul. And this we need to ask: How could social changes be brought about?

Is it through education?

Since the advent of that ancient “lyceum” in whose walks the great Aristotle taught, thousand of colleges and universities mushroomed through the centuries. But a writer has once made the following remarks:

“We have more degrees, but less common sense; more knowledge, but less judgement; more experts but more problems; more medicine but less wellness. We have split the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more but learn less. We plan more but accomplish less.”

Seemingly, those institutions and academies of learning  did not help.

What about the government and the church?

Whoever thinks that the honorable people in the executive branch, the legislature, and the judiciary could help solve the nation’s problems and the ills of society, must be kidding. These honorable people are busy politicking. They are preoccupied with designing schemes of perpetuating themselves to power and  obsessed  with  amassing  wealth   and   taking   back    the   millions  they have spent during  elections.

What  about  the  holy  cardinals, bishops, reverends, priests and pastors? They are pre-occupied also. They are busy  quarreling with one another and questioning each other’s doctrines. They are busy collecting tithes and offerings from their unsuspecting members and  proclaiming to the world that theirs is the one and only true religion and that the others are not. They claim to have the monopoly of divine truth.

Neither through those highly-cultivated educators nor through those accomplished politicians that the great utopian dream would become a reality. Even the pious people of the different churches could certainly not help.

If you intend to bring our society toward the path of meaningful changes, if your utmost desire is usher an ethereal conversion upon this society, there is but a single thing you need to accomplish — convince that person you see when you face a mirror to undergo transformation. Eradicate from within that person sexual immorality, impurity, idolatry, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambitions, envy and drunkenness. Above all, teach that person to believe not only in himself but also in GOD!

If the aforementioned you fail to do, the great utopian dream will forever remain just that – a dream.

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  1. You had me at hello, and it is thankful that
    there still walk among us those that devote
    meaningful thought to fixing the world.
    But I am compelled to challenge the inference,
    that it is somehow, magically, belief systems
    that have answers to the big questions of society,
    that inference itself being contingent
    on a series of other truths that would have to
    actually be true. And it would the beg the
    question as to why, if, for example, the Church,
    or a god, or any other supposed source of magic,
    knew the solutions to poverty, or criminality,
    or any extended societal malady, that these
    things would, or even could, continue to exist.
    This stems of course from the Epicurian
    “problem of evil,” itself modeled on modus ponens
    and modus tollens: “If P, then Q. No Q, therefore no P.”
    So, if applied to the inference that one or
    another belief system has the power to negate
    a societal malady, it would read, “If power to cease
    the malady, then ceasing of the malady. No ceasing
    of the malady. Therefore no power to cease the
    malady.”

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  2. Hi Man! I missed this comment that you made more than three years ago.

    I wrote this oratorical piece for our contestant who joined an inter-school speech competition more than twenty years ago. I had to comply with the theme of the contest thus I had to weave my argument the way I did, particularly the ending where I am exhorting the listeners/readers to believe in God. That I guess is the source of your disagreement.

    However, my statement related to God in the oratorical piece is not just in compliance with the contest’s required theme but that’s the way I feel. I believe in His existence.

    You know me Man, I never back down from any kind of discussions/arguments… except for one. I don’t like to prove/disprove the existence of God. I am too ignorant and too small to fathom the unfathomable mysteries of God’s existence. I have already witnessed a lot of discussions between those who believe in the existence of a divine being and those who don’t (and laugh at it). I respect them both but what they do, for me, is a waste of time.

    Deciding to believe or not to believe God by way of proving/disproving His existence, for me, is the ultimate “analysis paralysis.”

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