Re: Utopia

Warrl kyree Tale'sedrin (
Fri, 10 Apr 1998 09:55:07 +0000

> From: GBurch1 <>

> In 1859 wrote:
> > It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.
> And then some time later, (ChuckKuecker) wrote:
> > Having been around Europe and North America a bit, and this before the
> > Berlin Wall fell, I think the present American system is just about the
> best
> > there is today. Not by any means perfect, but preferable to almost any
> other
> > system I have personal knowledge of.
> I've also done a bit of traveling, including to China not long after the fall
> of the "Gang of Four", Nicaragua just at the end of the Sandanista period and
> Mexico over a few decades, as well as places with more attractive civil
> societies, such as England and Costa Rica (and even Canada) . . . and I have
> to echo Chuck's comment.
> There seem to be two elements to one's feelings about where we are on the
> continuum of progress: One is a study of history and the other is one's
> personal inclination to optimism or pessimism.

For some reason, this makes me think of something I read once...

"The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds;

The pessimist is afraid he may be right."

(Of course, pretty much everyone here, even the most optimistic, does
NOT think this is the best of all possible worlds -- just on the
right track to BECOME that.)

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