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.