An ideal human society is an impossibility. Paraphrasing the Bible, one may say that wherever three or four persons are gathered there will be ‘politics’; that is, promotion of self-interests at the cost of others’ welfare. I’ve come across persons who undermine the good deeds performed by others merely to prevent the others from outshining them in the common field of their activity.
Yet, we are all free to dream. An ideal society emerges in my dream. It is a society in which:
- every person relates to every other person with genuine concern;
- there are opportunities for all to transcend the self as well as nature by creating rather than destroying;
- every individual is an autonomous centre of power with his/her own convictions and ideals rather than creatures who merely conform to given truths and authorities.
The farther one’s dream is from reality the sharper one’s insanity is. I’m aware of the height of insanity at which my dream floats.
And the insanity commands me to be happy. In spite of the cruel reality beneath.
Happiness is a choice. It is an attitude. An attitude is not a dream.
Happiness is a decision. A decision to keep the source of my life’s river unsullied even if the flow cannot be kept pure.
A change of perspective, a bold step, a question to oneself – happiness is not too far from these.
What even if the ideal society is only a dream?