I wonder if the planet Earth will one day be a paradise like the Garden of Eden once was?
One man's idea of paradise is not the same as another's.
My idea of paradise is a planet like Earth, perhaps the earth itself, being a place where there is no decay, no eat or be eaten. Just a perfect symbiosis of all life forms living in harmony on a planet where there is enough room for perhaps, 100 billion people. Once you got to 25 years old you would never age beyond this.
The water would be like the best champagne ever that never got you drunk. If you like water you could have it at 38 degrees and the temperature would never dip below 58 and never go up above 93.
You could grow vegetables without squirrels bothering them. You would never have roaches.
People would be able to fly without wings.
Everyone would have a college education at least and nobody would be the boss of you or me.
Except God, who is the boss of everyone. There would be angels that would supervise. Yes in spite of paradise, people would have disagreements.
Perfect health, perfect vision. Nobody overweight, nobody in pain. Nobody! No hate No boredom either, because living forever in paradise to some currently might drive them insane and this would be contrary to the concept of perfection.
In any case, I think we all want to live a life as close to paradise as possible. We want our hair to stay and not go bald. We want to eat fish without fear or radioactive fallout. We want to be able to be comfortable but not lazy. Man has throughout history tried to create a sort of perfect society and has failed miserably.
The Pyramids were okay but they demanded too much labor intense work forces. The idea of paradise is not new to this century or even to ancient Babylonia. My art teacher once said to me, "Anthony, we are taking a ride on an elevator to the 79th floor to look out across the city from the observation deck. This is probably the closest to heaven you or I will ever get." He was Jewish and a very wise man.
I prefer to keep feet on terra firma. "Heaven is up there in the clouds, somewhere and hell is down in the earth where the lava is running hot a molten." This is what a friend told me once when I was a kid. I tend to think along these lines. What I can't stand is when a person says they have seen paradise. I am going to be extremely jealous of them or just go have a coffee and think more on it. I have not given up the concept of earth being our final paradise, but the way things are going looks more like earth is a hell than anything else. It takes a lot of faith to be willing to think along the lines of earth as the final Eden for all mankind, but the concept is not a bad one and if that happens, I will probably go for it. But I beg to argue that for those who think 15 virgins await them if they blow themselves up for the holy war, I think they are fooling themselves and they will merely perish from their faulty belief. They like killing, that is a fact, but I am for living so let's give life a chance okay. I can certainly live with a planet that is past the barbaric stage of the ape. Or am I fooling myself?
for the definition of utopia from *Wikipedia, go here.
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