“A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even
glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.
And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail.
Progress is the realisation of Utopias.”
(a view of a portion of “the cove” Cades Cove, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park /
Julie Cook/ 2018—a little piece of utopia)
Many many years ago when I was but a wee lass in high school, our cheerleaders
would lead the crowds gathered in the stadium, ready for those fall Friday night
gridiron showdowns, with a rousing rendition of
“We’ve got spirit, yes we do, we’ve got spirit, how ’bout you!?”
Back and forth we’d chant…the cheerleaders and the fans…
So now tell me…
why after all these many years later do I hear that same chant resonating in my head,
albeit with a slightly different variation of wording??!!
…”we’ve got trouble, yes we do, we’ve got trouble, how ’bout you?”
I think it’s because this same story keeps popping up over and over again leaving me
nothing but unsettled.
It’s the story about the 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasi-Cortez Socialist Democrat who is
pretty much set to win the New York Congressional seat she’s chomping at the bit over,
Being 28 years old, she is two years younger than my son…and she is the same age as many
of my former students.
Those who are more idealistic while remaining totally unrealistic.
And I have no problems stating the fact that she, along with most of her millennial cohorts,
all have some unreal and lofty sorts of Utopian notions as to how life should be…
and yet they have no idea of how a Utopian society is to manage itself.
Because in part…there is no such thing nor will there ever be such.
This lack of reality is due in part because they have no real clue as to how many
past societies have attempted such…with each one failing miserably.
Many with tragic results.
Think Hitler, think Lenin, think any sort of cult leader…
All in part due to the fact that this unrealistic desired ideal has no true concept of
management nor of how history will, not if but will, repeat itself.
Physics teaches that any void left open will be filled.
It matters not how it is filled, but the fact is that it will be filled none the less.
Saying all of those wonderful pie in the sky happy words…words spoken because the one
speaking believes folks want to hear such…
Yet has anyone informed these kids that if it sounds too good to be true…
99.9% it is not and will not be true.
People are people and each person, like it or not, has free will—
they…meaning you, me, them and us all have the will to do such and to play along…
we have the choice not to do such and not to play along…
the will to actually opt out of this whole cooperation notion of kumbaya living.
Reading a recent article by the freelance writer Lauren DeBellis Appell, I was alarmingly
reminded of how this democracy of ours is really teetering on a precipice.
Ms. Appell writes:
“The 28-year-old candidate acts like she’s the millennial version of Oprah,
except there’s one major distinction.
All the “free” stuff she’s giving away has to be paid for by someone–
and in this case it’s not her.
It’s you–the American taxpayer.”
And that’s the thing…so many young up and coming politicians, along with, sadly,
some of their senior mentor members, are touting some really grandiose ideas.
It’s a marvelously bright new sort of futuristic day waiting for you, me and everyone…
yet the problem is that money does not grow on trees, there is no fairy godmother,
and there are no magic hocus pocus words to zap all of these dreamy thoughts into a living,
Pretty happy words remain empty when there remains no meat on the bone.
There must be the necessary finances and concrete plans to back up these futuristic
Burdens such that cannot be borne on the shoulders of the working middle class.
Hopefulness will always be a must, but reality is always the bottom line of necessity…
It is the requirement needed in order for any society to function successfully…
Idealistic dreamy sorts of ramblings offered by those seeking leadership roles will remain
merely dreamy notions for as long as these hoped-for leaders have no concept as to how
things work, how things are paid for, how monies are raised and secured and how people
People will not remain mindless lemmings for long.
History teachers us such.
Thus it is mandatory that these young hopefull wannabes study the history of past nations,
governments and leaderships…
For a pig wearing lipstick is still just a pig.
Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances
contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.