The Case for Utopia
The world would be better off
if people tried to become better.
And people would become better
if they stopped trying to become better off.
For when everybody tries to become better off,
nobody is better off.
But when everybody tries to become better,
everybody is better off.
Everybody would be rich
if nobody tried to become richer.
And nobody would be poor
if everybody tried to be the poorest.
And everybody would be what he ought
if everybody tried to be
what he wants the other fellow to be.
Christianity has nothing to do
with either modern capitalism
or modern Communism,
for Christianity has a capitalism of its own
and a communism of its own.
is based on property without responsibility,
while Christian capitalism
is based on property with responsibility.
is based on poverty through force
while Christian communism
is based on poverty through choice.
For a Christian,
voluntary poverty is the ideal
as exemplified by St. Francis of Assisi,
while private proverty is not an absolute right, but a gift
which as such can not be wasted,
but must be administered
for the benefit of God’s children.
—Easy Essays by Peter Maurin