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We all desire a better world and have our own ideas of what would make it so. I was once myself a Utopian idealist, who believed that the establishment of a form of Social Democratic Anarchy, held all the answers to contentment and unity. Utopianism, however, is a very dangerous mindset. It makes the egocentric presumption, not that “I am just like anyone else” but that “everyone else must be just like me.” There is no ultimate solution to satisfy all. While one’s concept of utopia may be completely evil to another, it is a breeding ground for such evil. For the utopian thinker sees their vision as perfection, and can therefore only logically conclude that any opposition must be defined as evil. The question of positive change is far, far simpler than any utopian revolutionary would have you believe. It all comes down to one undeniable universal truth, there are only two possible revolutions, that of love and that of destruction. Which then is simpler, to have faith that all are capable of embracing love, or to embrace destruction? Unfortunately, by default, we most often choose the latter, as our purposeful embrace of destruction is not a prerequisite of being assimilated by its power.The two opposing revolutionary tides have been competing neck and neck throughout history. Looking back at the lessons of Jesus, he preached the message of loving one’s neighbor and enemy as oneself. He also illustrated the hypocrisy of organized religion, yet he was martyred for his faith in humankind and the later Christian Churches committed outrageous acts of savage “purifying” violence in the name of their faith. During the hippie era, they were said to advance the “love revolution.” From their anti-war movements this was a positive initiative, but it was obscured by the prevalence of the pot and acid-induced “free- love revolution.” While this did much to discredit the movement, the Cold War tensions further advanced the opposing revolutionary doctrine. Cold War tensions will always be prevalent, even if in the background of our modern society. There are wars and those who actively incite or oppose them, but the only thing that changes or brings change is love and destruction. It takes a great deal of hope and faith in humanity to believe in the possibility of the love revolution. This is perhaps why we again and again embrace destruction: it is easy. It is far easier to embrace hate and self-hate, hopelessness and faithlessness, than to believe we can spread love, trust, hope and faith. The love revolution requires one thing: the mentality that “I can make a difference. I can show someone care and hope that seed will grow.” Destruction, requires nothing, you need not even commit to choosing to embrace it. But, if you should choose to consciously and actively not embrace destruction, than the love revolution can begin.Written by Andrew
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