Once Upon a Utopia

A utopia is a society in which everything is perfect or ideal. In contrast to dystopias, utopias generally lack governmental chaos, fearful realities, and strict censorship. If I were to create a utopian society it would be based on three main premises: liberty, creativity, and effectiveness. In regard to the government, the utopia would be a democracy where citizens vote for all elected officials and all opinions are welcomed. There would be three presidents and no electoral college to ensure that power is not too consolidated, nor is the public’s opinion misrepresented. There would also be secure systems in place to ensure that laws are not constructed merely in favor of certain people. 

An essential component of this society would be the eradication of race and gender. Thus, there would also be no racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia and other institutionalized practices based on discriminative social constructs. In a world still inhabited by people of various appearances and backgrounds, it would be ignorant to neglect everyone’s differences. However, instead of stereotypical checkboxes, there would be a range of categories to reflect people’s identity when necessary. The absence of marginalized groups would prevent prejudice in professional, medical, and even general settings. Differences (such as those regarding ethnicity, nationality, interests, etc) would be acknowledged and celebrated, yet never used as discriminatory/divisive agents. 

Creativity would be a concept that is emphasized in youth and encouraged throughout life. In addition to aiding one’s artistic abilities, improving one’s creativity can also improve one’s problem solving skills, mental health, and innovative capacity. This would be beneficial to the quality of the citizens’ well-being and the progression of society as a whole. The utopia would exist somewhere between a capitalist and communist society with both personal and communal growth being the ultimate goals. People would work for money in occupations differentiated by skill and education, both of the latter being freely accessible to the public. Crises like poverty, world hunger, and climate change would not exist because of society’s pact to care for the planet and its future. Corporations only be permitted to engage in economic and environmentally effective practices. Furthermore, funds would be continuously allocated to science and the discovery of the world, which would gradually be shared with the public.

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