You have heard that necessity is the mother of invention. Necessity arises out of chaos — things not working well. Chaos is a Greek word used to describe “the beginning” as in John 1:1. In Chaos was the Word is how the Greek reads.
Utopianism seeks to minimize chaos by ordering society from on high. Do as I say, or I (the government) will cause you to suffer and therein lies its flaw. Mankind naturally wants freedom of action what we call liberty. In a free society, there are some restrictions based on maturity and the concept of the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
There is always some level of chaos in every society, some level of laws and some level of crime. Under liberty there is a high standard to be met of harm to society or others and the pressure to confirm is light. So, the non-conformist is tolerated as are dissenting viewpoints. My daughter in high school choir disagreed with one song. So, when that song was performed, she stepped out of the choir and stood beside it in quiet protest. No unusual pressure was brought to force conformity and she rejoined the choir for the next song. That is liberty.
Today, dissent is called hate speech and motives devolve into unacceptable racism. Insisting on your individuality is labeled “privilege.” And so group think is sold to Americans to force conformity and make the masses easier to manage. What is lost is the low-level chaos and independent thinking that leads to invention. By chasing conformity, we are losing the creativity of the human spirit.
David Sparkman is a resident of Frederick County.