By Hal O'Leary
Long ago, in the innocence of my youth, I had dreamed of Utopia. That was, until it occurred to
me that all through the ages others must have been dreaming the same. Slowly my dream
succumbed to cynicism. The sorry history of the insanity of humanity leaves little hope for
anything approaching Utopia, and, if anything, it seems to be receding. We are now in an
age of perpetual war with the senseless horror and sacrifice of soldier and citizen alike.
Beginning with Guernica, followed by London, Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki respect for
human life, once considered sacrosanct has all but disappeared. It's now referred to as
unintended "collateral damage" which makes it somehow acceptable. I am amazed at the
seemingly smug hypocrisy of those who, in their "right to life" obsession, would murder or
endorse the murder of doctors who perform abortions, and at the same time support the
slaughter of millions of innocent men, women and children taking place daily in the Middle
East. This insanity is supported, of course, by a church that tortured and burned suspected
witches at the stake.
The virtues that once were looked upon as the necessary components of Utopia are fast