Wherein I dare to hope…
In which the author and a third grade teacher share mutual incomprehension.
The moment you know you have reached middle age, and are happy to do so.
Utopian thinking can certainly be dangerous, but then so can complacency. Every economic, social and political idea we have was a new one at some point, and if you get into the habit of condemning every attempt to change the world for the better you may end up missing something important. I'm sure there were any number of people who thought the Founding Fathers were making a huge mistake by rejecting tried-and-true monarchism for some utopian experiment with democracy.