What is Utopia?
Apart from the image of endless meadows of colour and piercing warm sun beams on lush mountains, which for your information, are devils in disguises; they are not easy to climb up. James Franco made climbing and hiking look easy in 127 hours…apart from the part where, you know, he gets stuck and almost dies. Yeah, that didn’t look easy.
The actual definition for Utopia, according to the wise old Wikipedia “is an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens.”
If you ask me, that seems pretty ambitious. As much as it may hurt to hear, I don’t think Utopia will ever exist, or if it is even possible. And I don’t think that’s such a bad thing.
Like most bookworm-y, couch confined, ‘in their feelings’, ‘I hate people my age’ teenagers, I went through a phase of avidly reading dystopian novels. The big YA dystopian novels! I’m talking The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, Rainbow Magic, the Gone series, etc. And I loved it. I loved how it forced characters to come out of their shell and do things they would never want to do. I loved how the worlds the books were based in had gone to absolute shiitake mushrooms and how characters were segregated and divided, which is basically just a fictional, sexier, more adventurous version of the previous racist real life centuries. And that got me thinking.
If ‘Utopia’ is just a fancy word for a perfect world, then it isn’t a perfect world at all. Mindblown right? Or maybe just mind confuzzled?
For example, say you have a group of people, who are completely limited in their own world with only those people in the group. Let’s say they are constantly happy and constantly positive and fun. The words ‘happy’, ‘positive’ and ‘fun’ wouldn’t even be in their vocabulary because it’s just what they are. How could they tell what’s happy, positive and fun if sadness, negativity and misery doesn’t exist within the limits of their group in their small world. Them living their ‘happy’, ‘positive’ and ‘fun’ lives would become the norm and slowly become what we call average. And anything that strays below that level of average, even though to us is ‘happy’, would become negative and so, ‘sadness’, ‘negativity’ and ‘misery’ would arise in this small world, I used as an example. Long strong short, there can’t be happiness without sadness because it would be hard to distinguish and avoid. Back to the point about dystopian novels, these characters wouldn’t be able to come out of the shells and thrive if they weren’t faced with pain, struggling and challenges.
Humans and society can never be perfect.
Perfection is subjective. I think ‘Utopia’ is just an umbrella term because it isn’t the same for everyone since fortunately and unfortunately, we all think differently. Someone’s Utopia could be eradicating pollution and poverty and some else’s could be eradicating homosexuality and other cultures.
We can change and develop to minimise conflict, discrimination and negativity, but some small things are hard to get rid of entirely. It’s a matter of growing stronger and learning to deal and manage whatever happens to our world. We need to make like a weighing scale and balance!
Work together, cooperatively, help each other out through thick and thin, contribute, learn, teach, stand up for what you believe is morally right and follow that goddamn yellow brick road to the succession of the goals we all need to reach as a society and individuals!
As pessimistic as it may sound, we do need a little negativity to push us through and motivate us to get stuff done and change and open up to new things. That couldn’t happen in a ‘perfect’ world – Utopia.
I hope my ramblings made sense. I’m happy to hear your own opinions and answer questions!
Do you think we can achieve Utopia?