De Optimo Republicae Statu deque Nova Insula Utopia

November 26, 2008

utopia

While working on the proposal for my second year project I´m reading Thomas Mores “Utopia” It has been written in 1516 but is surprisingly easy to apply to todays society.

The only way to reduce the number of thieves is to reduce the number of people who must either steal or starve.

They´re  far more anxious, by hook or by crook, to acquire new kingdoms than to govern their existing ones properly.

You´ll be surprised to find how few people actually produce what the human race consumes. And now think how few of these people are doing essential work – for where money is the only standard of value, there are bound to be dozens of unnecessary trades carried on, which merely supply luxury goods or entertainment.

A builds a very expensive housem which then fails to satisfy B´s fastidious taste. B therefore neglects it so badly that it´s soon in ruins, and builds himself an equally expensive house elsewhere.

Just to quote a few…

Even if what More describes was not actually his own “perfect society”, it can definitly be seen as a critic on the existing situation. One interpretation holds that this suggests that while Utopia might be some sort of perfected society, it is ultimately unreachable. It doesn´t matter though. It´s not so much actually achiving this ideal, it´s the trying to get there that makes a difference. In the end Utopia translates into Not Place and therefore not meant to be real.

There surely will be more posts on this. At the moment I´m looking into Micronations and existing forms of build Utopias. All very exciting!

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