1. Childhood for me is utopian in a way, its not a perfect reality but it is the first time you are exposed to the world as you know it. Things are not as complicated as they become later in life and you don’t overthink things too much because you are too busy taking things in for the first time. Everything is new and low stress with the most that is demanded from you is to pay attention in school and try not to get hurt climbing a tree. While I do believe childhood is utopian-like, the thing that makes childhood a utopia is hindsight. When you are a kid you aren’t thinking about how things are utopian-like, you are just seeing things for the first time without much to compare things to. If you were living in a utopia you wouldn’t exactly know without some kind of perspective of how things are elsewhere. All you know as a kid is what is immediately in front of you. This type of child-like ignorance is what I feel makes childhood utopian and makes you feel fondly for the times where things were simpler. You also were stronger in a way and almost made you feel invincible because you didn’t fully understand how dangerous some things could be.
2. I don’t feel that I currently have a place that is utopian to me but for somewhere to be utopian I think that comfort and engagement are important parts to my idea of utopia. By this I mean that I would like to be comfortable being myself there while also not being afraid to do what makes me happy there, and I would also not want to become complacent or too comfortable so something engaging like a friendly community or a place for me to pursue a hobby/career in. The idea of a utopia to me is one without an uncertainty or anxiety of my future, or in a way some sort of self-realization of myself and my place in the world. My ideal location for a utopia would be someplace small, rich with nature and near a large body of water. This could be anywhere from Scotland to Ireland or somewhere in North America. These places are just a couple ideas of utopia for me and its definitely enjoyable to think about at a time like we are going through now. A perfect utopia will very likely not exist but focusing on the idea of following a utopian impulse where the small things each lead to you closer to a type of utopia helps.
3. For my post on March 24th I wrote about the book “A Roadside Picnic”, this book is not very a optimistic one and it puts you in a world where humans come to the realization that their visit from aliens was nothing more than a “roadside picnic” for them. Aliens came and went leaving tainted areas on the earth and deemed humans as something not even important enough to make contact with. The alien junk is being extracted from these zones and sold as materialistic goods to the rich and some are studied by scientists. The most important thing from the zones though is described as the “the wish granter”, something in middle of one of the deadly zones that will grant the wish of those who reach it. The ending of the book leaves all this with a sort of utopian impulse, where the main character, broken and defeated by the zone and loss of his companions, asks for one wish which is “happiness for everyone and let no one be forgotten”. On the second level of utopian impulse his wish represents someone who is broken but all he can do is wish for others to be happy and remembered instead of something selfish he wishes for this so others will not feel like he did at that time. As a collective this can be viewed as the desire of a person to think of others and the desire of world peace that we all want but it is one that can only be achieved by some miracle.