The Sorcery Shop: An Impossible Romance
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Miembro desde 1996
Título: The Sorcery Shop: An Impossible Romance
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From the AUTHOR'S NOTE
The Utopian romance may at first sight appear to be an easy form of political exposition, but it has many difficulties.
To begin with minor details. How is one to forecast the fashions of Utopia in the matters of architecture and costume? To invent a new architecture and a new dress one needs be a genius indeed. And I notice than in "News from Nowhere" even William Morris takes refuge in generalization.
And then there is the larger question of the development of machinery. Would the Utopians use more machinery, or less? Who can tell? At any rate, I did not judge it wise to introduce flying machines and motor boats and wonderful inventions for saving labor and annihilating distance.
It is only reasonable to suppose that in a wisely-ordered commonwealth the best energies of a highly -trained and intelligent people would be directed towards the improvement of all the conditions of national, civic, and domestic life; but I have left all that to the imagination of the reader, and have tried to show the possibility of organizing and carrying on a prosperous and healthy commune without calling in any other mechanical aids than those of which we are already the masters.
To indicate the possibilities of communal efforts, to show what might be done with England by a united and cultured English people, and to meet the common arguments brought against Socialism by the Storms and Jorkles was the purpose I had in view.
To a divided, ignorant, and antagonistic people, such as Carlyle compares to "a pitcher of Egyptian vipers, each struggling to get its head above the rest," the problem of life must seem bewildering, terrible — hopeless.
But to an ordered and wise nation that problem, would be simple and easy. For our country is by nature opulent. We have a favorable climate, and an almost unlimited endowment of natural wealth. Our people are, or world be under proper conditions, hardy, industrious, placable, and inventive. The labor of one man, properly directed, and with the mechanical aids we now possess, would suffice to supply the needs of many.
Poverty, crime, disease, war, drunkenness, and ignorance are all preventable evils. Were it not for the ignorance of the many, and the foolish greed and vanity of the few, we might have a happy, healthy, and beautiful England now.
But we are that we are because so far it has been impossible to make the rich and the poor understand.
Will they ever understand? I dare not prophesy. But I know that it is the duty of every earnest and humane citizen to use his best powers to dispel ignorance and diffuse knowledge. One cannot move mountains; one can- not conquer Fate; but one can do his duty, and it is as true to-day as it was a century ago that " no captain can do far wrong who lays his ship alongside that of an enemy."
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