A Realistic Utopia is Dynamic

We have previously discussed that a common characteristic of dystopias is that they exhibit some form of oppression. We have also broken down oppression into 5 faces: exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, cultural imperialism, and violence. If dystopias are fundamentally built on oppression, then a utopia would have to have an absence of oppression. If I were in the position to make a utopia, I would use these listed forms as benchmarks to measure the state of the utopia. This may seem contradictory to the definition of utopia, which is a depiction of the perfect place. And here I am saying that oppression, which indicates the imperfect, is a possibility in my utopia. I believe that a truly static utopia is impossible to depict in this world.

From a scientific viewpoint, take the fundamental concept of entropy in the universe. All things in the universe seek to expand in all shapes, forms, and possibilities. A truly static utopia could not exist in a world that constantly seeks change. One example that seems to go against this universal law is life. In life, things become more ordered, going against the flow of randomness/change. This is only possible by maintaining this order, in a process called homeostasis. I think that to create a utopia, we must manage the forces of oppression that seek to break it down into a dystopia, much like how homeostasis fights the law of entropy. To at least reach some semblance of a utopia in this world, we would have to constantly battle the injustices that exist and spawn. Of course, this brings up several issues that we would have to consider, such as knowing whether certain actions with good intentions may actually bring detriment to maintaining our utopia. These are problems that leaders today constantly consider, which is to make choices that would most likely lead to utopia.

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