I think I am more of an anti-anti-utopian thinker. I tend to have a pessimistic outlook on life in general but I do also like to think of how life can be improved. Recently, life hasn’t been going great and thinking about the future and my contribution to society stresses me and gives me anxiety, but from reading Robinson’s article, I have noticed that I do tend to think about how life can get better and what I can do to get there. Robinson states in his writing, ”One way of being anti-anti-utopian is to be utopian. It’s crucial to keep imagining that things could get better, and furthermore to imagine how they might get better.” This statement is really what got me thinking about this. I know I am not a utopian thinker because I fight against optimism and don’t tend to think positively, but I do tend to have a sense that things could be on the up eventually.
One example of this is me thinking about the end of the semester, which is happening now. I am beginning to stress out about finals and the ending of my classes and I don’t know what to do with myself. I didn’t realize that eventually it’ll all be over and I will do it with my finals but now in the moment, I don’t feel like that. now I’m thinking about how this can be improved, I know if I study and stay focused and make sure I know all the material. I will be fine on my finals and have a good grades.
Another example of this is my thoughts of what I would do after graduation. I know I have a solid plan but at the moment it doesn’t feel like it will happen. I know what I need to do to get it to happen but I have thoughts on what would happen if I don’t get into school and if I have to get a job or where I will go. At the moment I am still working on my thinking but I think it will get better and I will have a more optimistic look on life.