Norman Rockwell had many paintings depicting idyllic Americana and others not so idyllic. There were depicitions of FDR's "Four Freedoms" (of speech, or worship, from want, and from fear) Imagine if there were no ideals. If there were no transcendent aspects to strive for, then the Oppressors would have the victory, because we would have no hope. We would only have a continuous and fruitless struggle for mere existence without the hope of knowing others have sachieved - perhaps not the idylllic - but a semblance of a life to be proud of, to be happy with, to be secure in, and to enable people to reach out to other people when they realize the rewards of charity. It is not wrong nor counter productive to hold up the ideal and Mr. Hilles is not unaware of the evils which I think he is encouraging people to overcome.