Why Are Utopias Imaginary?

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But what really characterizes this divine paradise? A utopia is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “an imaginary place in which the government, laws, and social conditions are perfect.” The social conditions of a utopia entail that every single organism holds a position within the society that he desires. Could this ever be achieved with a class system? No. One could never covet others’ social statuses if the population was socially undivided. George Orwell’s Animal Farm epitomizes this very condition. By removing the two class structure—humans and animals—the Manor Farm is transformed into a utopia. Each and every animal on the farm is regarded to be equal. There was no more human tyranny, but instead a communal and democratic society where one animal had just as much social influence as the next. Libria, depicted in Kurt Wimmer’s film, Equilibrium, is yet another example of the elimination of a hierarchy. People dressed in the same clothes, lived in the same houses, and felt the same things. There was no variation, just a single class: human. This seems simple, but how could this ever be preserved? Equality of this level could not be maintained without the proper rules to stop disparity before it emerges. Look around. What is stopping your neighbour from killing you? Laws that stop murder are as…

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