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My Utopia, A Social Ideal

Updated on December 17, 2011

My Utopia, my idea of the perfect society is a place where people have fewer things but those things are treasures...

We, In America, live in a very materialistic society. That doesn't bother me too much. Everyone likes to have nice things and will work to get them. Okay, that works for me. Capitalism itself works for me, in that it seems a fair exchange, most of the time--our labors, whatever they consists of, in exchange for the means to support ourselves, hopefully in decent comfort. There's really nothing wrong with that. There's nothing wrong with competition--people attempting to make more or better goods to offer at less money, so they can get a bigger share of the market. The up-side for all us consumers is that we have more and better goods for less money! No problem there.

When capitalism works, it really works quite well. It seems most people have the entreprenueral spirit and don't mind buying into this program at all.

What we are seeing now is the tail-end of capitalism, where it has just got too big, too unwieldy in America, and the thing that now drives sales is easy credit, and most of our goods are produced elsewhere, overseas somewhere, mostly China.

Quality is kind of out the window for the nonce, I seem to notice. Everything is more and more expendable...We throw out everything, so fast.

Okay, back to my idea of Utopia:

  • Everyone does some physical work of some kind, to stay in good physical condition. It mostly consists of growing food...helping to grow food. And flowers!
  • All the things people have are hand-crafted locally, and are taken care of and treasured. People don't have a lot of money or extra wealth lying around, so things don't get thrown out very easily. They are used until they're used up! And all the big pieces, like furniture and electrical appliances, are built to last and very well-made and treasured.
  • People share. If I have a radio and you have a television, you can borrow my radio and I can borrow your television, and nobody charges money for this. Or, we can listen to the radio together or watch the television together. If I have tomatoes in my garden and you have roses in yours, we can trade roses for tomatoes, anytime. Or, I can share my chicken's eggs in exchange for some feed for the chickens...
  • Everybody has enough to eat. Everybody has enough but not too many clothes to wear. Everybody has a roof over their heads. Everybody has the capacity for cleanliness and good sanitation.
  • The children have school, up to the individual child's scholastic abilities and capacities for learning things from books.
  • There are lots and lots and lots of books: people spend time in the winter writing new ones!
  • Artists are admired and supported by the whole community.
  • There is very little crime, and most of it is kids shaking loose.
  • People may argue but always resolve their differences amicably, with the help of moderators, who are people trained to help resolve differences of opinion and also the first responders in a legal sense.
  • There is good health care for all, and much of it is holistic and homeopathic.
  • There is a healthy attitude towards life and work and play and art and home and family.
  • Nobody does drugs.
  • There's some alcohol but it is strictly an adult beverage, and only allowed during certain celebrations.
  • Every person in the community is a valued contributor; no one feels either less or more worthy than any other person in the community; everyone's contribution, no matter how big or small, is necessary and valued.
  • All politics are local, and everyone votes in a town meeting on the issues of the day. The government is by town meeting, so there are no elected officials, other than the moderators and the lawpeople.
  • Towns are sized appropriately for this situation, to about a dozen families. When the town starts to get too big, the newest folk get together with extras from other towns and make a new town.
  • Towns get along with each other just fine, and enjoy mutual celebrations and visiting back and forth.

Does this sound good? Or does it sound a little too much like "Little House on the Prairie", and boring, to boot?!


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    • pramodgokhale profile image

      pramodgokhale 5 years ago from Pune( India)

      Mankind wants Utopia but how? and when?

      Vested interests will block such ideas and it is always selfish on their activities.

      Let Utopia emerge on the earth.

      wonderful event

      pramod gokhale

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      I had in mind that smaller communities tend not to reproduce beyond their maintenance resources, unlike larger communities that do.

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      Rand Zacharias 6 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      The Greek origins of "utopia" define it as "no place."

      I'm sure the irony isn't lost on anyone, and when Thomas More wrote his book in 1516, perhaps the ironic fantasy was a portion of his purpose. The English definition of "good place" may also be a fantasy, but we do what we can, n'est pas?

      It seems we may end up with more of a dystopian future as the world demands more conflict and drama than garden growers and authors could provide in your utopian dream, but perhaps through education and will the planet can try to reach a happy, socialized medium.

      Capitalism can lead to plutocracies, but communistic endeavours lead to mediocrity and corruption, too, so when we find the happy medium of socialized healthcare, abundant food sources and fulfilling contentment for all we might find it a "good place," but for how long?

      It will likely take a star trek...haha.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for your comment, Phil. Sure, naps. You betcha!

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      There's definitely some food for thought here. I think some of your responders went a bit far - I don't think your intention with this hub was to post all of the myriad aspects of a real Utopian world; it seemed to me you were just listing some of the components that would make your ideal world. Many of those components would be in my ideal world too.

      My Utopia would allow for daily naps.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      I really don't know how to respond to this comment, so I'll just let it speak for itself. Thank you for visiting my hub.

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      Barnsey 6 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

      The enlightened of this land would all like to change things but the truth is the enlightened people are the least likely to get up the guts to change anything. Why? Because we are the least respected, the ignored, we are only to be scoffed at. The mundane thinkers only think of profit and self, without a true revolution there can be no true change. Sorry Obama, but the past has proven this time and again no matter what part of the world you look at. Time for the weak to inherit the earth so say I. Let a loose anarchy rule the day and arm every citizen. Will there be war in the streets? Not for long as the common criminal comes to realize simple thuggery will no longer be tolerated by the people. As long as we rely on councils, organizations, politicians, police or others to protect us we will never be able to protect ourselves.

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      TheUsedCarGuy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia


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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks so much for the comment, epi. I got verbally punched out by so many people for writing this hub, I almost yanked it. I'm glad you and a couple of other people actually seemed to like the idea, instead of slamming me as a communist or something!

      It's lovely that you're listening to Baroque music. Handel, by any chance?

      And you are just so right. I love John Lennon's "Imagine".

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...well first up - and most importantly - how are you feeling these days - and secondly please accept my warmest wishes for your continued health, happiness and prosperity for a happy new year in 2012 - and yes I love your idealistic thoughts here - so beautiful and pure in every way - no doubt you are a big fan of John Lennon's Imagine - deep, profound, soulful writing is found here in your hub today by the epi-man at lake erie time ontario canada 9:37am with second cup of coffee and baroque music in the background

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, Sofs, and a very happy and successful, healthy and fun, New Year to you, too!

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      sofs 6 years ago

      Oh wow I love your world of simplicity and work for all, people in good shape, health care for all ...I love the natural and the homeopathy too, works well for me... I just love your concept of sharing and using your resources well.. if only...

      Best wishes in the New year...may this be the best year of your life so far.

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "The children have school, up to the individual child's scholastic abilities and capacities for learning things from books."

      But no teachers because everyone is raising plants and doing physical labor.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, Gypsy Rose. I know--people are so isolated from each other these days. I live in a city, and I don't know my neighbors. I did when I lived in the country. It's a whole different venue, I guess, and people value their privacy highly--more highly than knowing other people.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I like your Utopia. However somehow I think people have become too hard they think only of themselves. I know here in Riga for instance as long as we are good neighbors and get along that's fine but it also means I don't see my neighbors too often. They have their lives and we have ours. When we do run into each other everyone is very polite and then goes off into their own worlds. The only time everyone on our block comes together is on New Year's Eve when everyone goes out into the street to watch the fireworks going off all around.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for elaborating, Larry. What you said works for me, too.

      Thanks for the comment, Pintoman. I really enjoyed it and also agree.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Okay, sure, zzron, in your Paradise, everything is free! I'd love that, too, LOL!

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      zzron 6 years ago from Houston, TX.

      I think everything should be free!

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      Larry Wall 6 years ago

      I was the first to comment, so let me add a couple of things. I have no problems with the utopia the author envisions. I just do not think it will work and it is not the utopia I envision. The town meeting concept and towns working together in perfect harmony and people sharing their possessions and other things has its limits.

      I have a different utopia in mind. We learn to live together, black, white, Hispanic, etc. We accepts each others beliefs, Christians, Jews, Muslims, and even atheists. We spend our money to cure diseases, eliminate famine and poverty and not to make war. We show respect for others beliefs. We help those in need and help others to help themselves. We think as individuals, but we are open to other ideas and are willing to look at other possibilities.

      We have the seed of that in our world today, but not enough people have accepted that concept. So we have wars. We spend money on guns and not medical research. We go to our church, but do not try to find the similarities among religious beliefs, we only look for the differences. We are not forgiving, but then maybe we are. We defeated Germany in WWII, today, Americans are welcome there. We drop the Atomic bomb on Japan, they are one of our best trading partners. Why is this--because after we conquered, we went in to help rebuild.

      A utopia implies a perfect world. If you accept the beliefs of Christianity, as I do, then you know at one time our world was a paradise. We lost paradise because of the imperfections of man. Maybe as mankind matures over the next two or three millenniums we may find something close to that paradise again. I will not be here to see it, but we can all hope that it happens.

      Over time, many have tired to create utopian societies and all have failed. One of our greatest gifts is our individuality and while we must live in a society that has rules and consequences, we are still able to pursue our own dreams and ideas. I do not want to grow gardens. I do not want to watch television with my neighbors. I have a wife and son, but they know I need space and they accept that. I cannot say I hope we find utopia someday, because that is not my dream. I do hope that we and our children leave the world in better shape than it is today.

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      Pintoman 6 years ago

      Since it's your ideal, I have no criticisms of your ideal, it was fun. One criticism of your explanation of the end of capitalism: you aren't seeing the end of capitalism, you are seeing the end of crony capitalism. (hopefully)If we had pure capitalism, the government wouldn't be involved with giving favors to failing companies. Keep the government out of business and you have prosperity. I've noticed a contradiction in people that want socialism; they want other peoples possessions while wanting to retain all of their own personal rights. With capitalism you get what you work for. Why in the world do people have to be envious of what other people make? We don't all need to be poor. I don't give a **** how much someone else makes.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Ah, thanks so much, Leann!! So far it's just you and me!

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      leann2800 6 years ago

      I would want to live there.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, Frank. Your idea sounds great to me, especially the "no war" part.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, Frank. Your idea sounds great to me, especially the "no war" part.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, Kitty. I didn't realize everyone's take would be so negative. Maybe I'll just pull this one. It's a little daydream, that's all.

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      Everybody has their idea.. mine is simply no war.... no social class.. no religion.. Just Mankind caring for one another and for its environment...

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

      I think that's the problem with Communism. (Not that I'm saying by any means that your ideals are Communist) But Communism looks SO good on paper...but once it's implemented, the person in charge tends to be very corrupted and becomes more of a tyrant than a fair leader. I understand exactly what you're trying to convey, though. Just let me say that...and I think Larry might've been a little hard on you; however, I don't think I'd like the idea of limiting alcohol usage...I'm a drinker on the weekend and if someone tries to take that away from me...there will be hell to pay! LOL. Thanks for sharing, though. It is a wonderful idea, but if it were ever to be just wouldn't work. Why? Because we are people, and we have flaws. Voted up and awesome.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Everybody's Utopia is different, maybe that's why they are all unrealizable here on this earth.

      I think Druid Dude has a very good point! Thanks, Dude.

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      Druid Dude 6 years ago from West Coast

      The native americans were doing all that before Marx was ever born. Most people, embracing capitalism can't imagine how anything would get done otherwise. In this system greed and ambition are good, and they are the ones who profit most...the greedy and ambitious.

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      Larry Wall 6 years ago

      While your idea may sound good, I am afraid there are a few flaws.

      First, some would argue that you are saying "from each according to his ability to each according to their need." That is more or less the thesis of Karl Marx.

      You do not provide for a system of health care or a method of paying for things like fire protection.

      You do not say who would write the books and if the books are only written by those within your utopian society, there would be little stimulation for new ideas.

      By the way, I wear glasses. Will there be an eye doctor to check my eyes and to make my glasses. Will there be hospitals, medications and backup plans for when weather conditions prevent a good crops.

      I suspect you are being hopeful. Maybe you are being imaginative. Both are fine traits. Unfortunately, I do not think the picture you have painted is realistic. Regardless, it is not the reality I would desire.

      You are trying to create


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