Thursday, 12 March 2009

Utopia and Dystopia

What is Utopia and Dystopia

The following is a description of what Utopia is -

Utopia is a name for an ideal community or society, taken from the title of a book written in 1516 by Sir Thomas More describing a fictional island in the Atlantic Ocean, possessing a seemingly perfect socio-politico-legal system. The term has been used to describe both intentional communities that attempted to create an ideal society, and fictional societies portrayed in literature. "Utopia" is sometimes used pejoratively, in reference to an unrealistic ideal that is impossible to achi
eve, and has spawned other concepts, most prominently
The word comes from
Greek: οὐ, "not", and τόπος, "place", indicating that More was utilizing the concept as allegory and did not consider such an ideal place to be realistically possible. The homophone Eutopia, derived from the Greek εὖ, "good" or "well", and τόπος, "place", signifies a double meaning that was almost certainly intended. Despite this, most modern usage of the term "Utopia" assumes the latter meaning, that of a place of perfection rather than nonexistence.

Lots of people dream of living in a Utopia - where everything is perfect. In a fantasy world this may be possible but most certainly not within the real world.

The opposite to Utopia is dystopia -

Dystopia is a negative utopia: a totalitarian and repressive world
A place where no one would really chose to live...

This image is an example of a city which looks like it would be a nightmare to live in. High rise buildings that look like you would be a prisoner in your own home. No greenery, no life.

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