Fantasy Islands by David Mills

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Fantasy Islands

David Mills on Margaret Mead’s False Paradise

One of man’s persistent dreams is to find a good reason he can’t help sinning. It started with Adam’s trying to blame Eve. Modern man naturally turns to science for this, and as he has learned more about himself and the world around him, he has also grown more ingenious in finding ways to explain why he cannot help breaking the moral law. On the one hand we have aspirin and brain surgery, on the other sophisticated defenses of sexual treachery.

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David Mills has been editor of Touchstone and executive editor of First Things.

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