Essay about There is no Universal Utopia

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The idea of a utopia is one which has spanned many millennia. The first example of a utopia was the Garden of Eden, and since then mankind has endeavored to reach this perfect existence, a world without problems, where everyone can abide in peace. Just the word ‘Utopia’ summons up a whole assemblage of images, images which differ from person to person. This is why the concept of a utopia has been so tossed around, because no one can truly say what a utopia is. From Plato's republic in 380BC right up to the modern day, literally hundreds of books have been written, and movies made, all which give differing opinions on what is the perfect world. It is impossible for one person to try to comprehend what would be the perfect utopia in which …show more content…
This is one of the places where many utopian concepts fail, because they rely on taking away the freedom of people so that they may not question their ‘perfect’ world. Another example of this is in “Brave New World” in which the people are subjected to subliminal messages, which make them think that they are happy. If such places existed, and functioned properly, people within them would think themselves in a utopia, but someone not bought up there would probably think the opposite was true.

This brings me to my next point. “An acre in Middlesex is better than a principality in Utopia” on the surface, it seems like a fairly basic statement, said by some English patriot who loved his country, but there is more meaning to it. Lord Bacon, the man who said this quote was a well noted philosopher, one who was actually responsible for writing his own version of a Utopia, in the fanciful “New Atlantis”. His meaning was that to rule in Utopia would not only mean the responsibility of keeping every single person in his principality happy, a formidable task, but would also mean that, no matter how much land you ruled, you would never actually see any benefit from it, as there is no concept of money, and even as a ruler your freedoms would be very much restricted. On the other hand, he muses, if one was to own a mere acre in…

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