Lower Expectations

The genius of the American system lies precisely in its low estimation of the human soul. A socialist utopia presupposes an individual with a sense of collective purpose and an eagerness for self-sacrifice, although no such individuals exist: it is a society built for an imaginary people, who may emerge in the speculative future, if we should be ruthless enough in the present.

However in America we expect nothing more of a person than the pursuit of crass mercantile interest, and to this singular drive we hitch our baggage of goodness and attempt to drive the reins so that everyone pulls in the same direction; and so we have a utopia for the people of today, and perhaps the people of forever, so long as they agree to carry the shared weight.