The concept of utopia is so appealing to the higher intellectual self, an ideal community or society. However, what is ideal? World peace is ideal to a United Nations peacekeeper but for a mother of 4, ideal is some quite time from the kids.
It is an insult to mankind’s complexity to resort to common denominators or labels. No two individual’s are alike, so how can the metrics used to study humans be so simple?
Every individual is a composite of emotions, experiences, mindset, personality, social upbringing, etc. Two individuals from the same gene pool and brought up in the same family can be so opposite that it forces us to rethink our tendency to categorise.
Life is the biggest factor in our personalities, our behaviours and our general outcome. A hardened criminal after a life shattering experience can completely transform, reinforcing the idea that life cannot be pigeonholed. Life is dynamic, exciting, educational, transforming anything but predictable. So how can outcomes from interaction with it be quantified?
Isn’t the adage, ‘one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure’ witness to truth that there is no ideal? Humans are continuously evolving thus changing the dynamics at play resulting in a very fluid concept of ideal.
Utopia, just like perfection does not exist, its all a matter of perception. What does exist is our obsession with what is not. There is a hidden discontent that is ingrained in the mind of every living human. It is this subtle thought that all is not right that drives us to constantly improve, change, build, tear down and rebuild.
We as a race have been seeking some sort of ‘utopia’ in our lives, our homes, our families, our social situations, our world, our planet and yes within ourselves. It is what has driven us from being cave dwellers to landing on the moon, but our search doesn’t end there.
No, I have no answer and anyone claiming to have one is delusional. All I have is observations, thoughts… no answers.