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Muddling Toward Utopia – PEI Social Forum
Imagine for a moment how society might have evolved if rather than entertaining ourselves with horror movies, television violence and murder mystery novels we had dared to focus our imaginations on utopian ideals. Utopian thinking is fundamentally a political act that can have huge ramifications if it is widely embraced. By coming together to envision how the future should be we don’t have to be limited to the current political, social and environmental trends that are so upsetting. The most famous utopian writing is Plato’s Republic, written in 380 BC. It addresses concerns of justice on the individual and state level, and has proven to be one of the world’s most influential works of philosophy and political theory. Possibly the most well-read utopian story is Ursula Le Guin’s, fantasy, Earthsea Trilogy. A strong theme of the stories is the connection between power and responsibility where “good” wizardry tries to be in harmony with the world and “bad” wizardry, can lead to catastrophe. In 1897, John Galbraith published his utopian vision of Canada, In the New Capital. More recently British Columbia’s “Practical Utopian,” Guy Dauncey, wrote an inspiring eco-topian novel, Journey to the Future: A Better World Is Possible. By introducing more utopian thinking into our social lives we can liberate inexhaustible visions of the world as it could and should be. Let’s begin the journey.
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