Let us return to some fundamentals, which is to say the extraordinary upheaval that permeated the Western world beginning in the 16th century. The feeling and the idea progressively spread and became an accepted truth that mankind had entered an entirely new era of its history, an era pregnant with the promise (declared to be much more reliable than the Christian one) that mankind had finally emerged from a world of suffering, sorrow, and slavery to enter a new one in which each and every human being would be free to fulfill his needs and dreams, particularly material ones—in other words, to achieve happiness. And I should say indefinitely more free and happy since, according to the famous words of the French mathematician Condorcet, the human mind was supposed to be capable of indefinite progress. #Modernity was a multifaceted promise made to each and every Westerner.
Now it must just as well be acknowledged that the West proved unable to hold true to its promise, the main reason probably being that the claims of modernity were extravagant, childish, and completely unrealistic. On a mere practical level the West chose two ways to ensure all Westerners’ happiness: science on one hand, and commerce on the other. However, science is a long way from ensuring instant happiness to all. And as far as commerce is concerned, it must be realized that it seldom if ever establishes a friendly relationship between people. By nature, each partner seeks his own advantage—which is why one often speaks of commercial wars. So we end up facing the basic inner contradiction of Western societies: They boast of an equal right for everyone to be better off, and even if this often happens to be the case, they also exhibit the indefinite development of inequities that are all the more insufferable as these societies, according to one of their fundamental dogmas, boast of everyone’s right to pursue his own happiness however he thinks best.
How long can the dream linger on? Little by little #communism will slouch toward its most hateful state. Since everyone is supposed to be a sovereign, each will try to ensure his sovereignty as much as he possibly can... link in my bio—