It just occurred to me that humanity could be divided into two basic groups, the Utopians and the Realists. Utopians? Yes, after reading Daniel Greenfield’s article “Attack of the 90 Foot Islamic Virgins” on his website Sultan Knish.
Muslims believe in Paradise after death, where the males await any number of virgins or perfect females, while their earthly womenfolk can expect something less perfect in hell; misogyny is the dominant cultural more. Paradise is thus utopia in the hereafter for misogynst muslims.
Christrians also anticipate heaven in the here-after, when they accept Jesus as their saviour. Heaven in the hereafter is also utopian.
Religious Jews, or Judeans, don’t believe in a metaphysical utopia but in a physical one when the messiah returns. Some Christian sects, such as the Jehovah Witnesses, also believe this. Demographically that adds up to 2.4 billion Christians, 1.5 billion Muslims, in all some 4 billion people believe in metaphysical utopia, and if we assemble the religious Jews and socialists, the latter also believing in physical utopia in the here and now, then there are a lot of people who could be described as utopians.
Utopianism is the belief that you can get something for nothing. It involves the belief in miracles. And it’s all the product of the brain and its child the Ego that exists as long as the brain thinks. The Ego makes the distinction between the observed and the observer, and thus creates a duality that creates conflict. It imagines a separate God from physical reality, (has to otherwise Creation is not possible), and continuously dwells in the past while at the same time dreaming of a utopian future by extrapolating its memories, by repetitious thinking,
The utopians are enslaved in their imaginal world of the Ego by the constant chattering of their minds, always trying to escape reality via physical (drug addicts) and metaphysical (religion) distractions to react violently when their imaginals or thoughticals are challenged, or distractions removed.
Utopians are also stupid if we define stupidity as the repetition of an activity in the expectation that the next time it will produce a different result. Stimulus spending to spur economic activity falls into this category. Being infected with the mental afflication of mathematitus leads others to escape into the pseudoscientific world of virtual reality, whether geological or astronomical.
Martin Armstrong pinpointed it by quoting Bill Murray,
It’s hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it’s damn near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person (Source)
Which leaves the Realists who are those who don’t believe in Utopia, physical or metaphysical. I suspect there are not too many of us, and we do believe one thing – that in order to change the world, we only need to change oursleves, not others. The utopians, on the other hand, are obsessed with changing others.
And that’s the problem. And ignorance.