Utopia – Living in a perfect World
American University of Health Sciences
Lewis Mumford describes the definition of Utopia, “Utopia has long been another name for the unreal and the impossible. We have set utopia over against the world. As a matter of fact, it is our utopias that make the world tolerable to us: the cities and mansions that make people dream of are those in which they finally live” (Mumford, 1962). Likewise, different people would have different perspectives toward the term, Utopia. For instance, Michael who lives in Africa, suffering from hunger, would define Utopia as what? He said, living in a perfect world would be sufficient food, not suffering from hunger and war, not having to work for 20 hours physically in order to earn very little money. Also, he defines that it would be having meals regularly breakfast, lunch, and dinner with the family together. He also wants to go to school, wants to learn, and have a good time with the family.
On the other hand, Jimmy who lives in America, would define living in a perfect world to be like making a lot of money, be a billionaire, buy super cars, buy mansions, and live on top of the laws. Jimmy does not suffer from food or hunger, which is why he would have different perspective from Michael. Jimmy also lives in a family, whom they support him. He is a full-time student, and not working. Therefore, his clarification of utopia would be not going to school and just enjoy his life with lots of money, such as clubbing, hanging out with the girls, throwing parties, and stuff. Conversation between Michael and Jimmy represent that the different environment poses different perspective toward the Utopia – living in a perfect world.
Michael describes Utopia – living in a perfect world would be a perfect society where there is no war and no arguing. Also, no pollution and no killing. People will not suffer from crimes, gun shooting, and bad accidents that would make people hurt and injured. Everybody should not be the same, because there would not be anything to work to, if everybody is the same. Moreover, no one should be in charge, well, I mean we should elect whom to solve out a problem, if it is needed to. However, I believe that living in a flawed society is better than living in a perfect society, because if everything is perfect, we would be bored and there will be nothing to work for. You would not strive hard to achieve something. We would retrogress, and become stupid. Human beings are meant to strive hard for...