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What does your utopian future look like?

Is your utopia a capitalist or socialist economy? Doyou allow freedom? Is the world you know embrace technology but still in touch with culture and tradition and religion? Are yoir people left brained robots, right brained artist, or both.? Do you have a world federation or an earth confederacy? What is your world like by the year 2150?

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    May 22 2013: In Catopia

    1. No one will ever be, or ever want to be, a liar, ever again. Everyone will eschew liars. They will never, ever, ever want to be a liar or have anything to do with liars. They will disdain lying. They will never, ever, ever again want to sink to the level of being a liar.

    2. Everyone will always want to take full responsibility for their actions, always.

    3. No-one will ever think of taking profit at someone else's expense, period. The thought that they did that in the past will be like an open wound in their hearts for a long, long, time.

    4. No one will ever want to be a coward of any kind. They will not want to be the kind of person who would ever lower themselves to cowardly acts.

    5. When people take life and substance to live, they will deeply and humbly understand and honor the sacrifice of the life that gave them life.

    6. No one will ever do to others as they would not have done to themselves. They wouldn't think of it.

    7. Everyone will always and without exception do unto others as they would have others do unto them.

    Anyone who doesn't fit the bill gets the boot.
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      May 23 2013: Your mother suffers an acute heart attack, and at the same time your brother met with an accident.

      According to you, no one should ever ever ever lie. Would you tell your ailing mom that her other son met with an accident in the fragile state she is in?

      If you tell her the truth, you will elevate stress levels, increase likelihood of a fatal attack.
      If you lie to her, you buy some time during which her health improves and will be in a state to handle the truth.

      Would you boot yourself out of society for saving your mom for the sake of a lie?
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        May 25 2013: Hello Arun,
        Thanks for your excellent reply. My answer it turns out is too long to fit in one reply so instead of dealing with connecting multiple threads I made a blog post for you. One caveat: I never blogged before, so its just there, I haven't learned any of the arts of formatting, etc. It came thru a little odd in that respect. And its not really that long, 800 words, so hope you have the time to peruse it!

        Kind of new on TED stuff too, hope this link works:

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          May 27 2013: Hello Cat,

          I took time out to read your entire blog. This is the first time someone has started a blog as a consequence of my question! I am honored indeed!

          The entire goal of my comment was to elicit a response on the "grey area" notion of most of life. Many many instances exist where there isn't really a right answer which also points to what I would refer to as "imperfect knowledge".

          In these scenarios, man must make a choice. This choice could be lying, if my imperfect knowledge tells me the outcome has a beneficial effect.

          But I totally vouch for the fact that lying is a slippery slope. Unfortunately, truth loses its power if deceit were absent.
          Just like light has a role when darkness is its opposite. Truth has a place only in a world with lies.
          Imagining a world with only one side is negating the whole.

          P.S: I will respond in more detail in the blog, I think this space won't do justice to the complexity of the question.
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        May 27 2013: This is a very good question. You're saying that lying is not always the wrong thing. However, think of it this way: 1. Even if you lie to your mom, there is no guarantee that your mom will improve her health.
        2. Do you think you can lie to your mom forever? I mean, what if she says she desperately wants to see your brother?
        3. After recovering, when your mom sees that your brother is seriously injured, don't you think that she will suffer from great amount of sadness from the fact that she didn't even know her own son was injured and couldn't help him?
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          May 27 2013: Thanks for your thoughts Hong,

          While all your questions are totally valid and don't really have a right answer, my intention behind the questions is the same as I've stated in reply to Cat above.

          When we don't have complete knowledge of outcomes, we tend to have to pick what we think the best course of action is.
          A sick mother with a delicate heart has a higher probability to be susceptible to stress on day 1.
          If I deliver the truth to her 2 days later, probability of a worse reaction is lower.

          Now how right this train of thought is, is once again debatable. But if this is used as the basis of making my next decision, risking my mother's life for a truth seems too big a price.

          And at no time, do I guarantee the future will be better, just a higher probability of it being so.

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