Dreaming of Utopia while a Dystopia prevails


 1. Imagine a world where 99% of the population is voluntarily atheistic - where rampant belief in supernatural (SN) agency is not socially supported. Where the political leaders do not invoke the names of deities at the conclusion of speeches or use the blessings of such deities in justifying state-sponsored wars and the captains of competing cricket teams, when asked whether their team will win the game, will not feel compelled to say "Insha Allah, we will win" or "Hail Mary, may victory be ours" "Jai mata di, we should win" or "Jai Bajrang Bali, we are sure to win", " Jai Dwarkadish/ Jai Sairam may our team win" ad infinitum ad nauseum.

2. Imagine a world in which natural disasters, accidents, illnesses & death are viewed as unfortunate but normal blips in a fairly lawful universe, and not as evidence of SN vengeance or intervention.

3. Imagine a world where people routinely accept the fact that some events lie outside their control. They make no attempt to invent SN agents, who can be persuaded to intervene on their behalf.

4. Imagine a world where the large majority of humans lead moral lives because of personal or social codes, not because they fear SN retribution.

5. Imagine a world where one's identity is not so "tribal" that hatred & violence against "out-group" members ( on the basis of religion or nationality) can be readily triggered by pandering preachers or politicians.

6. Imagine a world in which humans accept that they have a finite life span. That after death, one's body ceases to function and begins to decompose. That while one may be lovingly remembered for past deeds, the days as an active agent, mentally & physically, will be over. Thus no soul, no afterlife, no heaven, no gods!

Can you imagine any of these ?

 Certainly, it is a task for the imagination because very little of it is true today. I view each of these things as stepping stones toward human improvement. 60k years is hardly time enough to alter fundamental things about the nature of the species, unless that species has the life span of a fruit fly.

There has been far more technological changes in human history than changes in our human genome. We still go to war with a regularity that makes it clear that fighting & killing "outsiders" is fundamental to our nature. Conflict over territory or resources still triggers battle. Disagreement over SN belief systems is still reason enough to kill.

What a mess religion has created for humanity!

Perhaps someday the majority of humans will not see patterns that are not there nor turn to SN agents when control seems out of their reach. But that day is not yet on the horizon. Arguably it would require such fundamental changes that we may be looking at a different species, in the same way that Homo-erectus & Australopithecus were a different species of humans compared to The Neanderthal & Homo sapiens. But I & you wouldn't be on the scene to see all this.
Post script : I was inspired by John Lennon's poem :


It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too

Imagine all the people living life in peace
You, you may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people sharing all the world
You, you may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will live as one.

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Comment by tom sarbeck on June 8, 2017 at 10:49pm
"...an atheist's political persuasion - liberal or conservative, for example, ...."

Daniel, please enlarge your example to include progressives. We are many and we are to the left of liberals: 'progressive, liberal or conservative'.

I have for years been nagging the Democratic Party to include us but they are too conservative to do so.
Comment by Grinning Cat on June 7, 2017 at 2:03pm

Part of that utopia would be having our tribalism more focused on "us" as "human beings"!

And the song is worth hearing once more:



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