Krinsky, the Utopian dreamer, had a poet’s sense of future

possibilities.   He imagined a  paradisaical someday, a future Eden, that

would vanquish misery.  Persuaded for a long time that the

human species was infinitely perfectible, he regarded the task of

hastening progress to be one of the sweetest occupations, one

of the first duties to man who has fortified his

reason by study and meditation.  For Krinsky, the normal state

of man was guided by Truth.  He failed to see

that human nature was the ineluctable serpent in our garden,

with its darker side shaping the world we live in.


Paraphrases from Utopian Moments: Reading Utopian Texts, edited by Miguel A Ramiro Avilés and J.C. Davis.