City Tech, Fall 2016

The ramblings of a mad man lost between worlds

With the past works being mainly utopia or dystopia in a short span of time I cannot help but influenced by them. So the idea that I have come with is the theory that a utopia or dystopia cannot exist without the other at the same time. Not thing is flawless, somewhere within a utopian society there is a sacrifice or suffering by a group or groups. In a flawed world like a dystopia, some live better all the rest, they can be seen as a utopian enclave. Light creates shadows but also removes darkness, but darkness is the natural state of things. Trying to make a good society is difficult because people do not all share the same desire, some just want to watch the world burn.
At the same time there is the question of which is better. Noe that may seem as a pointless question, obviously it is the good place vs the bad one. However is it really? A utopia in many cases is the end of the road, there is no need to advance once you get there. Why innovate, invent, and search for new things if you are the best possible place. If people have everything they need and it is stable, why ruin that. Now a dystopia is a world filled with bad things, but it is also filled with opportunity. There people may suffer but they will try to get higher than the hole they are in. Often they will fail and even those who do get out will not get far. There are no happy endings because there are no endings. A dystopia stays alive longer and is a failed utopia in many ways.
That is what I want to look at, in the works we have read, others and in the real world, how much utopia is in a dystopia and the other way around. One can become the other because all of the elements are there, in a perfect world there will some born into it who will wish for change and create it. However in a society that has lost the ability to accept a new vision of perfect, there will be conflict that can lead to the downfall of both new and old. What will remain will be a flawed version of on or the other or both. The other case is in a dystopia, there will always be dreamers. This people will wish for a better world and pass on their wish to the next generation and in time enough people will wish for that they will take action and rise above what the world has given them.
That is the main part of utopia or dystopia worlds, the people. People make things possible or impossible all by themselves. They can make the world a good place or one wore then hell, they create their own heroes and villains, they decide what is right and wrong. So if you wish for your vision to be made you need to control or influence them, now the way that is done is what will create a utopia or dystopia. Through fear, power and propaganda it will be a dystopia in the eyes of the people, but if you win their hearts, minds and do great acts for the people then it is a utopia. As long as no one realizes the truth, you can run the entire world from behind a mask, thought others and get to what you want all without the people ever turning on you.
History has many examples of this such as the USSR, Nazi Germany, China, North Korea and other nations where the people believe they have all they need or want. Nations filled with people who believe in their leaders, they have been thought to thank them for everything they have. As well as nations whose people believe they have a say in what is done and what is the greater good. Everyone who is not a part of the masses is seen as an outsider, crazy, wrong, antisocial, a bad influence, a dissident, a traitor. What if these people are the only ones who see the world for what it is or is not? Or are they truly just lost to what others have found.
People – the ultimate riddle of the universe, one that they search for an eternity.

1 Comment

  1. Jill Belli

    Alex, I like how you are showing the ways that utopias and dystopias are inextricably bound to each other. I think most people would agree with you, however, right off the bat, when you claim that nothing is all good or all bad, so you want to move beyond that general research question to a move productive one: how else can you reframe your questions and your focus to further refine your proposal? This is an important discussion, but also a very broad one, that is ranging from general philosophical ideas to literary texts to real-world historical examples. It also sounds like it is mostly coming out of things you already know: how has additional research (even preliminary research) you have done for this proposal helped to shape your thinking about this topic?

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