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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

On “Chosen People” and Their Utopia

Most cultures are grounded in the ideas of “chosen people” and “utopia,” but from where do these ideas come from? The ancient philosophers and politicians were the inventors of these ideas. They invented the myth of “chosen people” and “utopia” to motivate their people into dedicating their lives to the cause of achieving certain political and cultural goals. Once people are convinced that they are “god’s chosen ones,” and that they are destined to reach the “heavenly utopia,” then they will make great efforts and face all kinds of risks and hardships for the achievement of any goal.

In modern times, the idea of “chosen people” and “utopia” has been used with devastating effect by several “atheistic” political movements. Lenin created his Soviet Empire on back of his followers who were brainwashed into believing that they are the “chosen people” and they will be the first to enter the new Marxist utopia. Mao used a similar strategy in China, Pol Pot in Cambodia, and other communist leaders in their own country. Even philosophical movements like Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialism and Ayn Rand’s objectivism have used the ideas of “chosen people” and “utopia” in their own way to motivate followers.

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