Sunday, April 11, 2010

Utopia

This isn't a post where I'm looking at the way I write. I'm just thinking out loud. so here goes:

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary utopia is defined as "an imaginary and indefinitely remote place; a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions; an impractical scheme for social improvement."

The word is used today in daily conversation to describe the perfect world, a place akin to heaven (if it exists). But then wouldn't different people have different ideas of their perfect world? Also, wouldn't one person's perfect world be in conflict with someone else's? Does that mean that if utopia becomes a real concept, there will be countless parallel universes? Different worlds existing in the same space. Individual bubbles colliding with one another.

Also, it could also happen that one person, let's call him X, imagines another, Y, in their world, but Y does not want to be part of X's world. How does X's utopia exist then? Does the very concept create a clone of Y so that the world can exist? Or does Y's world get nullified? Or does X just cease to exist because his utopia is impossible to create?

What if different people have a similar concept of their utopia? Does it then happen that these people live together in one world or does each person still get their personal universe?

Is our world, our universe as a whole, big enough to hold so many different universes within it? I have always wondered whether the universe is really infinite. If it is then would every person get their private planet to live on and thus utilise all the infinite space? If the universe is finite, what happens when there isn't any more space to accomodate so many worlds? Does the circle of life stop? Or do the worlds just get smaller?

The very foundation of the concept is a little faulty I think. Or maybe the way that the word and its usage has evolved has turned it into something with flaws.

There are a lot of questions. Not so many answers. Hmmm...

2 comments:

Amit upadhyaya said...

you are actually thinking! and it is provocative! i think i should think too.
good one!

Surreptitious Shogun said...

I'm afraid there is no such thing as a utopia and it remains an academic concept; in philosophy, there is a quest for the higher truth which is absolute, and this truth can be attained by several individuals in a perfect world. Morals, ethics, politics are important themes in philosophy, and several "wise" men adopted the term to explain their respective perfect worlds, where they believed this absolute truth could be attained.