The entire time we have been talking about Utopias in this class I’ve been one of the people saying that it isn’t obtainable. I have now hit a stump because after learning more about Kim Stanley Robinson and the term Utopian thinking, I realized I think in this way. I’m very optimistic and hope for a positive outcome in everything I do. So enjoy this back and forth conversation I will be having with myself in this blog post.
To comment on Robinson’s quote I do agree and think imagining things getting better is crucial. I’m not huge on manifestation, just because I don’t know too much about it, but I think that’s a way to simplify the quote being commented on. It is important to think of how things can get better and think in a positive way because those things and positivity will find its way back to you. My dad used to tell me if I shoot for an A in a class and fall short then the least I can get is B ,which is still great, but if I undermine myself and shoot for a C because I think the class is hard then I’ll end up with a D or F, which is not good at all. I say this to say that when you think and strive for better you end up doing better. Your glass should always be half full, I believe it makes for a happier and more successful life.
However, I don’t think utopian thinking is the way to overcome dystopia. Dystopian thinking can only go but so far, some work has to be put in as well. Thoughts without action is meaningless, nothing can improve if you don’t put in the work to make it come to fruition. This reminds me of the quote that says “be the change you want to see in the world”. If you want the world to change it starts with you, your thoughts, then your actions.