In my biweekly First Things column, I focus on some of the surreal public policies in Switzerland. How bizarre? The country simultaneously allows suicide clinics, bans the flushing of goldfish down the toilet, and has put the “dignity” of plants in its constitution.
These policies flow, I opine, out of a utopian desire to eliminate — as distinguished from mitigate — all suffering. That may sound desirable, but the impossible quest leads to dark places.
The rest of the West is similarly afflicted.
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