posted on Jun, 15 2014 @ 01:21 PM
I do not think there is an inherent problem with idealism... in fact it represents man's attempt to improve himself, to continually reach for what he
sees as "right." Without any sort of ideology, as AfterInfinity said, we might as well just be neanderthals grunting in caves.
I think the problem has to do more with the fact that, obviously, not every ideology is perfect, and neither are the people pushing them. There is a
difference between what people "think" is right, and what actually is right. And it seems likely that a man's lower nature, his ego, may push him
to support a particular ideology for his own gain rather than for what actually is right. Similarly, good ideologies may be warped in order to reflect
an individuals own desires.
The outcomes of various ideologies reflect the mindset of the people pushing them, and vice versa: the mindset of the people creating them shapes the
ideologies. Thus, for all the examples OP listed above of ideologies that failed/cause harm, the failure is not due to idealism itself, but due to
flawed ideologies/individuals. Idealism has as much potential to cause good as it does to cause harm, and I think I would be safe in saying that you
can judge the soundness of any ideology/individual by its fruit (note here there is a difference between simply understanding a sound ideology and
actually embodying/becoming a figure of that ideology in present life... in which case you/your ideology would produce a fruit of some sort).
As for the worship of cows, I think it should be noted that the worship of cows would in fact be an ideology itself - one that just happens to place
all of its value on a tangible entity (like materialism). Personally I think it would be wise to revere and respect the cow, as well as be grateful
for all that it provides us with, however I hardly think the virtues of Cowness are enough to make up a complete ideology. Similarly I don't
personally think that materialism is a sufficient or satisfying ideology, but that is beside the point and I don't particularly want to go into my
reasons for that opinion right now.