You remind me of another of those old fellows called Bradley. He defined philosophy as the finding of bad reason for what one believes by instinct. As if one believed anything by instinct! One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them. Finding bad reasons for what one believes for other bad reasons-that's philosophy. People believe in God because they've been conditioned to.
This book is twisting my mind. It really plays with what would make a dystopia, what one feels is good, what some long held world wishes would ultimately mean. Or maybe it's nothing but clever rhetoric and everyone is wrong (they are certainly flawed) and I'm over-thinking.