How does perfect not exist yet I can imagine it? As people, we definitely have different truths to perfect, but by connecting them we can apply all our truths to pursue a full utopia, or even just a personal one.
A utopian world is seen as something fictional and unachievable because no matter what the circumstances, not everyone will be satisfied with the same outcome. When speaking about a perfect world, I am not only talking about the Earth being perfect. I am talking about a satisfaction within oneself, both physically and mentally. Often times, the word ‘utopian’ is used as an insult, because people think it is unrealistic and naive. But according to Philosophy Now magazine, we can achieve a utopia by having interdependent societies with a maximum of 200 people, which just might be the beginning.
The way humans have chosen to use religion has held us back. If we did not have religion, people would not be condemned to it, and fear the religious factor in their lives. If not for the way people shaped religion, the inquisitions would have never taken place, and the death of Joseph Smith and various martyrs would not have been favored in history. However, Nancy Ammerman, professor of Sociology of Religion at Boston University does not necessarily agree. “In a utopian world people would not be religious because they’re afraid,” she states. But, she also believes they would be religious for other reasons. “I think we would invent something like it anyways. I think people would invent something to be that moral yardstick even if they didn’t call it God,” said Ammerman. With the perspective of Ammerman, I still feel as if religion has not redeemed itself from all it has caused. Even though religion is used to signify hope, it is also used to view others inferiorly because of the advantage people think they have by devoting their lives to god.
To reach a personal utopia, people should allow themselves to openly choose their own paths for all aspects of life. So far, people have taken what is meant to be good and shaped it into something not in everyone's best interest.
In a utopia, when it comes to crimes—they cannot be eliminated—but there will be more rational and reasonable responses. This will take away the privilege problem, and law enforcement officials will treat the people who have committed crimes humanely. German Lopez said in his article, “American policing is broken. Here’s how to fix it,” when talking about an investigation into the Baltimore Police Department, “the Justice Department found Baltimore police consistently violated at least three amendments in the US Constitution — the First, Fourth, and 14th — and engaged repeatedly and persistently in a pattern of racial bias.” This is exactly the opposite of what we will do. We will assure that officers get a sufficient amount of training, including implicit bias training, and that they are put under rigorous observation enabling them to be aware of their prejudice.
Material egalitarianism would not be the ideal in a utopia, because we still have to prevent ourselves from falling down a wrong path, and work hard for ourselves. An egalitarian system could also encourage people to take advantage of the system. There shall be rich people and poor people, but they shall all have an equal amount of taxes taken away from them, no loopholes. The poor will get equal support, but it will not exceed standard help. The idea is that everyone works for what they have and will be satisfied with what they have. We need to focus not on being equal but being fair. And this is where the dystopia comes into our world, because of the envy and greed which arises towards those who have more. Instead, we should all rely on equal rights that come from within differences.
We always wonder why we desire an ideal world and why we can imagine it, when it does not exist. It takes so much to acknowledge our ignorance, but that is where it begins. We must realize that we essentially need interdependent societies, surround ourselves with people we can connect with and still have a social factor within our lives to eventually expand. We tend to be unintentionally ignorant, and that leads us to not realize our true ways of contributing to discrimination and other bad habits. Having a personal utopia is the alternative to the “what if we really can not make a worldwide utopia?” argument.
The difficult part of pursuing a perfect world is that one’s own definition of perfect is different from everyone else’s. This results in having to live in your own utopia as a rebound idea of the ideal world. What you want to believe is perfect and what you decide to make your truth is how to kickoff. If people do not want to commit to having a perfect world within themselves, then they must realize the importance of feeling humble and confident.
An ideal world does not have to exist within the world as a whole, but even a personal utopia is valid. We need to come to realization that the world we are in could be considered dystopian, due to all the avarice. There are mini communities around the world that would be considered very cooperable. Assistant Professor Jessica Gordon of VCU explained in her article “History of Brook Farm,” that a small town in West Roxbury was a small example of a utopian society, because it revolved around the idea of interdependent societies that could expand. However, I believe the world needs to spring better relationships in their communities and then connect to one another eventually as countries. Although this may take years to achieve, it is achievable if we all take a step back from insecurities, envy, greed and all of the rest.
John Horgan, a Canadian politician who wrote: “ What’s your Utopia?” asked that very same question to a Freshman humanities class. “Utopia isn’t a completely perfect world, but a world with the perfect amount of imperfection,” said Ryan, a Freshman in Horgan’s class. This simply means there is no competition, with everyone well-aware that they all contain some kind of flaw, and can cope with it.
Speaking about perfection may seem naive, but in reality we fear it. We fear the things we have to change within ourselves, because of our lack of acknowledging all the bad things we are at fault for.