“…The end of ideology is not—should not be–the end of utopia as well. If anything, one can begin anew the discussion of utopia only by being aware of the trap of ideology. The point is that ideologists are “terrible simplifiers.” Ideology makes it unnecessary for people to confront individual issues on their individual merits. One simply turns to the ideological vending machine, and out comes the prepared formulae.
There is now, more than ever, some need for utopia, in the sense that human’s need–as they have always needed–some vision of their potential, some manner of fusing passion with intelligence. Yet the ladder to the City of Heaven can no longer be a “faith ladder,” but an empirical one: a utopia has to specify where one wants to go, how to get there, the costs of the enterprise, and some realization of, and justification for the determination of who is to pay.” quoted from Daniel Bell, The End of Ideology ( first published in 1960 )
Lesson / Koan : Good endings are great beginnings.
Daniel Bell has received honorary degrees from Harvard University, University of Chicago, plus an additional fourteen universities in the United States, and Keio University in Japan.
Two of Daniel Bell’s books, the End of Ideology and the Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism were listed by the Times Literary Supplement as among the 100 most important books in the second half of the twentieth century. Only Isaiah Berlin, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Albert Camus, George Orwell and Hannah Arendt, had two books so listed.