Where Do Utopian Ideas Come From?
From who, what, or where does the idea of utopia originate? Is utopia a pathological idea that can never be attained? Does it originate as a result of the fundamentally fallen state of human beings? Is it even reasonable to entertain utopian ideas?
As fallen human beings, something is missing from our sense of being. We must learn to live and interact properly in the world with our fellow human beings. We must learn to be civilized creatures. Becoming a mature human being involves being able to recognize our own existing resentments and give up resenting, along with overcoming the tendency to resent itself.
Resentment as a phenomenon is peculiar to the human mind. I believe resentment is one of the things that sets human beings apart from animals. It can be viewed as both a gift as well as a curse.
Resentment is a gift in that it allows human beings to play god in their own minds because it allows us to find out where the bad choice leads, thus potentially realizing the need to be saved from it. In other words, the ability to resent offers human beings a type of free will, allowing us to voluntarily choose the proper way to both react and interact with the world.
Resentment becomes a curse when we cling to it and consider it to be “normal” human behavior. Pathological resentment is a pathological state of mind. Pathological resentment results in a pathological disconnection from reality, and therefore a pathological embracement of fantasy perceived as reality.
Pathological resentment results in pathological suffering.
The ability to resent gives human beings the choice to voluntarily not resent. Resentment perverts and distorts the human ego, which otherwise reverts to normal in a resentment-free state of being.
In the absence of resentment, it becomes possible to develop a mature, natural, God-given value system. This non-pathological value system results in a non-pathological mode of being that works very well for the resentment-free observer. This non-pathological mode of being is not easy to articulate as a set of written rules, but emerges as ongoing, contemporaneous lived experience. It is impossible to dig at the structure beneath one’s own human mind. That being said, I am certain that the structure is perverted and distorted by the presence of resentment.
Ideas about existence and how existence should properly be executed – i.e. “How to?” and “What is the proper?” emerge in both resentful and non-resentful states of mind.
Ideas emerging in the non-resentful state of mind revolve around the individual person themselves, i.e., “How should I live?”, or “How should I behave?”, etc. The non-resentful person looks within himself or herself for answers to fundaments of proper existence. The non-resentful individual never seeks to impose his or her ideas or axioms on others, but rightfully views such self-implementation as a matter of voluntarily adopted free choice.
The utopian ideas that emerge from the resentful mind are pathological and tend to revolve around the failings of other people rather than the individual himself or herself. Since all human beings are flawed and failing, it is therefore impossible to force or enforce the imagined perfect system.
Utopian ideas that emerge from the resentful mind, if implemented and imposed in a totalitarian societal setting are fundamentally pathological in nature, and always result in a living hell.
Utopian ideas and/or ideologies emerge from and appeal to deeply resentful, pathologized minds. Therefore, utopian ideas are always fundamentally pathological and unworkable in the real world.
Utopian ideas are subsequently always wrong, always arising from a deeply flawed mental state.