Utopia! I ponder over how amazing this place would be and I’m unable to imagine how Sir Thomas More came up with this whole thing! The British Library had raised the same question. Is Utopia possible?
“In 1516 Sir Thomas More wrote the first ‘Utopia’. He coined the word ‘utopia’ from the Greek ou-topos meaning ‘no place’ or ‘nowhere’. But this was a pun – the almost identical Greek word eu-topos means a good place. So at the very heart of the word is a vital question: can a perfect world ever be realised?”- The British Library
Humans have already discovered enough to keep the race going for at least the next 20 generations (a ballpark figure). We have put man on the Moon, in the concluding process of putting him on Mars, we have innumerable scientific discoveries, Alan Turing created the computer, Edison gave us light, Shakespeare and Milton gave us the best of literature. We have supersonic jets and humanoids, 3D movies and 4G technology run on phones that can take pictures underwater! As much as scientific curiosity is good, I think we are just getting lazier by the day, so much that we need crazy alarms to wake us up, (Take a look at this!) something our mom would have done obligingly (with a bucket of water)! We are constantly in search of things that minimise our work, reduce our capacity and keep our participation in anything to the bare minimum. All this while trying to build an ‘idealistic society’!
This leaves us with the question suspended in mid-air- What is an idealistic society, really? By definition, the dogmas of this society would intend the same rules, laws, harmony and peace exist for the whole wide world. Which means, there would be no crimes, no filthy rich communities, no cut-throat competition, no poverty, starvation, no rogue nations, no ‘third-world’ countries, no superpower or economic giants. In the face of the society, all would be equal, with equal opportunities and rights. Doesn’t this sound a tad too familiar with the Communist manifesto of the mastermind Karl Marx who is still the Godfather of Communism across the globe? Truth be told, an idealistic society is something we haven’t ever fathomed, because we have all been under the notion that ‘to err is human’ is the basis for our survival. Economics describes something called a ‘perfect market competition’ and the assumption is that such a market never exists, and that it is far from reality. There is always a theoretical possibility which may sound extremely possible given that it functions in an ‘idealistic environment’, however are we certain of its functionalities in a realistic environment?
How would a society pan out if everybody had knowledge of everything, everybody was a specialist (thus phasing out the entire term by itself), and everybody had access to any information (Julian Assange wouldn’t be the world’s most wanted criminal if everybody’s moral right was to have access to any and all information)? There would be no patents, no single contribution (because a single contribution always merited a collective contribution). Would geographical boundaries exist? Would people still hold their nativity, culture and tradition close to themselves or embrace a new and unified code of religious discipline and would caste or creed exist or would they be exterminated? Would there be one God or multiple forms (as it is in contemporary times)? How would our markets function- would luxury be available to all? How would our Governments run- obviously in a perfect concoction of Democracy, Capitalist and Socialist, but how? What if the very design of humans could be altered that can correct every flaw in the human body with the insertion of a small chip that holds Exabytes of data (highest that the humans have ever discovered) or more? What if we had aliens living amongst us so peacefully and don’t threaten to take over the planet (as emphasised to the contrary in various top-grossing Hollywood movies)? What would happen to our languages, would it still retain their own cultural diversity or would they be unified into a Universal language? How would we support the differently-abled? Who would spur the Idealist movement on a mega scale? What would be the outcome of a movement of that proportion? Will the Universe support or retaliate? How would we do what? Is that how an idealistic society would work? We never know. Will it cause anarchy? I haven’t the slightest idea.
These are but hardly 15 questions on the most profound question in today’s world. Humans reason and argue based on experience, observation and knowledge. How is someone supposed to explain an ‘idealistic’ situation, when no one has ever seen it or lived it? So, even centuries after 1516, Utopia still seems a quixotic fantasy (extremely unrealistic and chimerical) and it will probably take another couple of centuries for the idea to even appeal to mankind, let alone the juxtaposition of reality with ideality!
So, is Utopia here yet? You’re kidding, right?