Sir Thomas More Essay

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I have now read Selection from Utopia, by Sir Thomas More. It is quite interesting to see this perfect world he has created. Before reading it, I clearly assumed that Utopia was a realistic place and everything mentioned happened exactly as I read it. I skipped past the first page where it clearly explains that, “The inhabitants of More’s Utopia are portrayed as having solved the problems plaguing Europe at the time.” Based on this I realized it was not true. I then read an article from the Los Angeles Times, explaining how costly it is to have homelessness on our streets of Los Angeles; this is only on account of an older lady who made her way through this crisis. In reading both the ...view middle of the document...

Utopia was a communist system. All the work that was done in Utopia was for the sole purpose of eating, with the few exceptions of enlightened thinkers and elected officials. The economy was run by landlords. War was not something common amongst the Utopians because they were a very peaceful group of people. They would only choose violence if all other methods failed. More’s solution was to have free education for all. There were only six hours of work, uniforms were worn by everyone, health care was available to all, and all citizens ate together. Every religion was welcomed. Laws and punishments were harsh, but simple enough to have crime stop. If a citizen committed a crime, he or she was their own lawyer. Divorce was allowed, as long as it was a mutual agreement between both parties. Money was not something used commonly. Gold and silver were not currency. It was only used obtain useful objects. The example given in the reading was to get chamber pots. More solved the plaguing problems in Utopia, while Molley Lowerie helped Lourdes create her Utopia.
Lourdes was a 69 year old woman who had been living on the streets of Los Angeles for over twenty years. Originally this woman, as stated in the article, Lessons of the Street, lost her “…low-cost housing due to gentrification.” She then lived in her car until the day it was impounded for unpaid parking tickets. After that she claimed a corner of a four way busy intersection when she pulled away from her “home” in Griffith Park. The people who live on the streets don’t do it by choice, but they do it because no one is willing to give them options or they refuse any help given. Although they do not have a lot to offer the community, the community ends up paying so much to keep these people in and out prison or psych...

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