‘Let’s make something clear, here at the outset. Concepts like perfection, enlightenment, and utopia are unattainable. But, and here’s the rub, that fact is irrelevant regarding the human pursuit of progressive evolution. Sure, we may not ever be perfect, but we should always strive to do the best we can at any given task. We may not become a perfect chess player, but we can try to become a great chess player, or even the best. Similarly, we may not ever become enlightened but we can become the most enlightened version of ourselves.
It’s the old, wise cliché: the journey is the thing. Even if we fall short, the fact that we tried our best is what matters. This applies even to the pursuit of utopia. We may never attain a perfect utopia, but the pursuit of healthier more improved forms of human governance is the thing. Better to move forward, progressively adapting to and overcoming the vicissitudes of human life, than to stagnantly become fixed and entrenched in a particular way of living. As Robert Louis Stevenson put it, “It’s better to travel hopefully than to arrive.”’