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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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  • Jun 2 2013: I believe my utopian society would be built not around perfecting its laws and its capabilities of governing it's population, but the population govern themselves individually. People would treat others as they would want to be treated. Individuals would work for the society not because they themselves would benefit from it but because the society benefits from it. They would be awarded for what they do instead of what they own; especially since what you own is usually the payment of work. Education would incorporate and teach philosophy, morals, reasonable and logical thinking and why they should do things alongside the knowledge of how to do things. The government would have an open-mind and would be open to possibility and change, while the leaders of the society would be picked for their compassion, logical reasoning, open-mindedness and morals (essentially Plato's philosopher-king). They would live without as many commodities as beds, extremely quick transportation, and sterile environments to live in. People would walk or ride a bicycle at least to the community transport to go places. People would become extremely healthy and strong compared to walking to your car and driving somewhere. Obesity would be completely demolished. Immune systems would be iron strong. If people didn't wear shoes, your feet wouldn't be so tender. Instead of manipulating your surroundings to your whim, you would learn to live with it. The brightest light is found in the darkest places because you adapt to the darkness and the light is then that much more brighter. Rich people are rarely happy because they become used to having so much money. i believe you should have to qualify as a parent before you can have children: to prevent child abuse, neglect, and overpopulation of the society to some extent. Nature has its own way of fixing overpopulation. WAR. Is the prevention of some life better than mass murder? Utopia will have to incorporate a lot of philosophy..
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      Jun 4 2013: I agree with a large amount of what you write, Robert, especially your last sentence. However, qualifing as a parent would be done how exactly? What will child abuse be considered by then? I remember what it use to be compaired to what child abuse is considered today. Is this a test? Is there a study guide? Can the test be retaken, how many times? Can only master minds reproduce? Would it be better to qualify a sperm and egg? Ha! I don't know if I would want to be in a world of such perfection. Who would be the person in charge of the test?
      • Jun 4 2013: I would think that if a couple would want a child, they would just have to prove their determination and prove that they will take care of the to-be child in question and understand the responsibility and cause and effect of having a child. Its a proposition not likely to be needed in a utopian society, but perhaps needed in a more dystopian society. Also, i believe their are two types of parents. The Biological parents that pass on their genes, appearances, and such, and the parents that pass on their knowledge, wisdom, habits, and views of the world and who protect and take care of the child. The latter parents can include teachers and friends and most biological parents. The society would probably try to figure out how people should pursue happiness and what would be correct morals and teach each other their findings and strive for growth. As i said before i believe that happiness, sadness, and degree of lifestyle is changeable. People adapt to their surroundings and should strive to adapt to lesser/ worse conditions (as in challenging oneself) so that they may grow.
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      Jun 15 2013: Thank you for sharing with your wisdom.. It is extremely rare to hear one openly seeing our mad society in all "bloom", but still thinking soberly, and thoughtfully, about our possibilities. I agree with Everything you suggest. Since our society has decided to follow the old fool Plato, and adopted his "ideal" recipes and deadly-stiff systems for life, blindness has been leading people to the wars and man-made disasters to this very day.

      The fundamental concepts of Heraclitus' unavoidable Change, and Protagoras' Limitations of our Perceptions need to be introduced in our elementary schools. We learn only while adopting to nature's changes, we survive and evolve only when we change ourselves, accordingly to this natural experience.

      Our society today keeps producing endlessly idiotic "products" from "exciting" food to "interactive" technology, building its "economy" based upon this global factory of entertainment. Looks like the very dead-end of our human world... In spite that we gulp endless tons of food and get entertained all day long, we have immeasurable need for this crazy entertainment, it is the result of our postmodern human illness. The physical lack of nourishment and emotional starvation, both problems have been developed by our artificial isolation from nature. We live in overcrowded places, surrounded by tremendous noise, bad air and high walls, we do not know who we are, and we do not know any better..

      We learn only when we can compare - we need to start building new small communities suggesting different life style, alternative education, new skills, new ethics..... and provoke people to think for themselves.

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