Utopia: a name for an ideal community or society
Dystopia: a vision of an often futuristic society, which has developed into a negative version of Utopia, in which society has degraded into a repressive, controlled state.
Since the beginning of time itself, people have struggled to create utopias. The very first utopia was not made by people, but by God. It was called The Garden of Eden. By all accounts it was a paradise, it was beautiful, lush with plants, it was perfection. It had two gardeners who could not obey the one rule. As punishment they were cast out. Since then there hasn’t been an actual utopia, and certainly not one put together by people.
Some say that the best government to rule over a potential utopia would be one of Egalitarian Socialism. People have tried Marxist Socialism and they failed. People have tried Fascist Socialism and they failed. Surely, they can’t get it wrong again. After all, the third time is the charm. Just what is Egalitarian Socialism? Egalitarian comes from the french word for equality, which is pretty much a good thing. Socialism is that thing where everybody pulls together their resources and shares with everybody. We all know sharing is a good thing because we teach our kids to do it from a very young age. Equal sharing sounds good in theory, but the practice looks alot more like removing inequalities by taking from the top and giving to the bottom so it all averages out. In order to do that, you have to remove ownership rights alltogether. Then you have to make sure everybody abides by the rules. After all, If Tom and Richard are going to share, Harry has to share, too. It is believed that the reason past utopias have failed is because they didn’t have enough rules. It is not enough to just have alot of rules, but there needs to be a strong body capable of enforcing those rules. This is supposed to be the ideal society. The problem is that it sounds just the opposite.
Government is man’s attempt to control what he can to make a utopia of his short existance. Just like man couldn’t follow the one rule in the first actual utopia, our efforts to make utopias of our own will fail because we will be involved in its creation, administration, and ultimate downfall. After that, we try again, and again, and again. Funny thing about the word for utopia, it litterally means ‘no place’ because there is no such place as a perfect soceity in an imperfect world.