‘Mouse Utopia’… Failed

What if you could set up a society in which everybody’s needs were met, no danger, no disease, no poverty, plenty of everything to go around, and no stress? What if you could really do it?

Well, here’s a scientist who did that for mice, as an experiment; and it went along just fine for a while, but eventually all the mice died out. For those who attribute this to overcrowding, the experimenter found that the mice overcrowded themselves and had plenty of space left that they just weren’t using. They seemed to lose their purpose in life, stopped breeding, stopped interacting, and just dwindled away.

Oh, but they were only mice! A utopia designed by scientists for people, why, that would really work!

As someone who has had a lot of experience with mice, I can say they are intelligent, adaptable–in fact, you’d hardly believe how intelligent they really are–with distinctive individual personalities and abilities: indeed, they’re more like us than some would care to admit.

Having the mouse equivalent of a guaranteed income, social equality, and all the free stuff they could possibly need… simply killed them. Killed ’em dead.

He who has ears, let him hear.

8 comments on “‘Mouse Utopia’… Failed

  1. It’s articles like this that make me think of the books you wrote and what i must be missing. Yes, I hear all right. Now i’m thinking about what if Eve had not eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge of evil…superlatives.

  2. Utopias always fail, even for mice apparently. If mice need a purpose, how much more than humans? A utopian society would take away purpose. Luckily, utopias are a fantasy that are never achievable, and only lead to totalitarianism. But I do worry that automation and robots replacing workers will essentially do the same thing, not to mention the idea of a Universal Basic Income.

    1. Who would pay for that? Who would keep working, while the gavone next door sleeps late and plays video games all day while collecting his guaranteed income? It would breed resentment, to say the least.

  3. Without challenge, no one can be truly happy. In this life, making a living can be harrowing and people understandably tire of the challenges of providing for themselves and others in a fallen world, but even in the restitution of all things, we will need challenges to be truly happy.

    I think that all of this talk about robots replacing human workers is overblown. Yes, some tasks can be automated, but many things will always require human effort. Satan would love to stampede us into accepting his version of utopia instead of our Father’s promised restoration.

  4. To your question about who would do all the work while the drones were droning themselves to death, one answer is … slaves. The next question is where the slaves come from and who oversees them. For a couple of answers to that question, see Huxley’s “Brave New World” and Verne’s “The Time Machine.”

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