Saturday, December 09, 2006

The Utopian Fallacy

It is essentially un Conservative to dream of Utopias which are generally academic jokes or religious bunkum. Nic Boles .Gay Tory Etonian Policy Wonk and prospective Mayoral Candidate quoted this the other day from Michale Oakshott
Michael Oakeshott had no doubt about a Conservative's proper response: "to be conservative ... is to prefer the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant ... the convenient to the perfect, present laughter to utopian bliss".
What a good description that is and we Conservatives seem to be winning . We see few sincere Utopian ideas in the ether What has happened to Utopias ? I believe the last Utopia was" A Modern Utopia " by HG Wells , Thomas Mores imagined one and some bod name of Plato may have had a stab at the genre . From Aldous Huxley on though we seem unable to imagine the future without fear and trembling .My life is full of the fearful the worthy the tedious and the humourless (Raincoaster?)There is no heaven on earth and thank god for that . Even Milton had a lot more fun in hell than with that smug know all god .
Consider the humanity of Satan:
Satan, now back on earth, has a moment of doubt and despair in which he says that "the hell I suffer seems a heav'n."
I want my parking space back , that is my Utopia



Oh and just to keep it at the top of Google. Nic Boles is a useless candidate for London Mayor . Useless

1 comment:

james higham said...

Utopia's anyway would be different things to different people.

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