Hey everyone! This post was written by me for the online magazine The Artistics, this month’s topic is Utopia. Be sure to check it out!
Utopia, the place that doesn’t exist. That idea of a perfect world where there’s no suffering, where everyone does for work what they like the most, where people coexist with each other, where corruption, discrimination, envy, hate, and all that is toxic for the human being, does not exist. And I’m not saying a world without anger, fear or sadness, because those emotions help us to actually treasure our positive emotions.
It’s an idea that, indeed, is appealing to people, and yet for some reason, that idea hasn’t turned into a plan, nor has been patented.
Why is that?
Is it maybe, because today’s society is on the wrong path? And if it is, it’s probably because it’s more attractive than a dystopic future?
Check this out: in movies, in books, in videogames, in comics, those who are set in a dystopic future, sell more. For example, a world dominated by robots, apes, aliens or even humans themselves. Maybe a polluted planet, a planet in war, destroyed, totally insecure and even uninhabitable.
Is a future like that, cooler? Do we prefer stuff like that because we like the idea more? Or is it because more powerful people than us want to get us used to a supposed unavoidable destiny?
And if it’s their fault, why aren’t we doing something about it? Because they don’t let us? Is the government not letting you be kind to everyone you encounter in your daily routine? Is it not letting you stop critizicing people because of the way they are? Is it not letting you act like a proper human being? Change begins with ourselves.
Yes, okay, there are countries like Syria where people die everyday, and yes most of us can’t afford going there and stop war.
But we can stop everyday issues, and we can start by ending laziness and the wish of living in a perfect world without doing actual work. By being kind to the other, accepting everyone as people like you.. By striving to achieve our goals. By helping those who need it and teaching them to stand for themselves if they are able to do so, promoting justice and equity, defending the truth, making your voice heard, taking the commitment to make the world a better place.
And maybe, maybe, we will be closer to a perfect place, to an Utopia.
I would like to end this post with a quote by Gandalf, a character created by the always great J. R. R. Tolkien:
Some believe that it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I’ve found. I’ve found it is the small things. Every day deeds by ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay.
The Great Ant Colony