And He saw that it was good
July 12, 2014 § 11 Comments
Utilitarianism – optimization as a wicked substitute for the good – is a peculiarly modern phenomenon, a deceptive intellectual and spiritual rat hole down which many a man has gone. It is one of the subtle errors of modernity that fools the wise, that infects the minds of many, even many who falsely believe they have rejected it. Every optimized future is a dystopian future. Crime frequently pays in the short run, but in the long run it makes you a criminal.
The real world is good, though, and one way this manifests itself is in the Creator’s whimsy: in the manifest fact that the world itself is not optimized toward worldly ends.
Japanese Chins may not be optimal burglar alarms, but they get the job done. And chickens probably don’t appreciate the fact that they are more populous than humans because they taste good, but I certainly do, even though I am just as certain that more optimal sources of nutrition are possible.