Is Utopia ever achievable?

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October 12, 2014 6:23PM

No. Well, perhaps, but a functional utopia has a population of


No two people will ever agree on all aspects of a society.

Sir Thomas More coined the term Utopia with the

publication of his novel of the same name in 1516. With this first

Utopian novel More showed the inseparable nature, the Yin and Yang,

of utopian and dystopian elements. This is seen in every

Utopian story. Lois Lowery's The Giver and Gathering

Blue, Margaret Attwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx

and Crake, the Michael Anderson film Logan's Run, Arthur

C. Clark's Childhood's End, H.G. Wells' Men Like

Gods, Ursula K. Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven and The

Dispossessed and dozens of other literary examples all examine

the dipole nature of utopian/distopian philosophy.

In addition to literary works, a number of philosophers,

religious leaders, and social reformers have conducted real world

experiments in Utopian societies: the Amana Colonies, Shakers,

Mormons, New Harmony, Fruitlands, Onieda, and Rappites have all

tried and failed to build Utopian communities right here in the

United States.

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October 12, 2014 5:56PM

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No, Utopia is an idea that is always something to strive for, but

is unrealistic. It looks great in books, but in real life it is

something that must be worked toward.

That's someone's answer-- here's mine--

I have lived in a sort of Utopia in the mountains of Vermont. It

is hard. We went through a Great Schism. But it is still here. It

is in the mind and heart of humanity, and as Gandhi said, "We must

begin with the children" if we want a perfect, unbiased and wholly

inclusive society.

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