1.) I believe childhood can be seen as a utopia in some aspects. Everyone is fond of their childhoods. Childhood is seen as the most innocent, carefree, and precious moments of life. It’s a time where we are mostly free to exist and do as we please with little to no grasp of the realities of life. As childhood progresses however, we do experience trivial problems that sort of get in the way of matching utopia. Being too little to do some things, yearning for more responsibility or to be taken seriously, and other problems that we as adults know aren’t ever as big of a deal as problems in the real world. I think the amount of utopia you can experience in childhood is related to the amount of comfort and shelter your parents/guardians provide you. Individuals with difficult childhoods most likely wouldn’t view them as utopia-type times. In general, however, I think our memories from childhood become utopian rather than the actual period when we were children. As we mature, take on the responsibilities of adulthood, and realize the problems from childhood weren’t that bad, it becomes easy to miss the times of our youth. The dilemmas of those times fade away and leave us with purely utopian memories.
2.) In terms of a utopia on earth, I view it as a place of only comfort, and not struggle. This would be a society that can flawlessly cooperate with each other, with an unbreakable sense of unity. The utopia would not view death, being humanity’s greatest fear, as negative in any way. Rather than feared it would be accepted or maybe even embraced and used as an opportunity to celebrate life with no grief. The utopia would be greatly connected to nature. Maybe it would be a more primitive society, or it could be a hyper-futuristic one, but regardless the society would submit to and respect nature in every way. There are pieces of this utopia that appear in history. When I think of deep connection with nature the native American culture and other more primitive cultures come to mind. When I think of efficient society and human unity, I think of ancient Greece and the renaissance where people created some of the most important art and philosophy in history. One could even compare a worldly utopia to the Garden of Eden from the Bible. My other vision of utopia being a more absolutely perfect one, or maybe a hypothetical one depending on one’s beliefs, is heaven. Most religions in the world believe in a heaven, being an absolutely perfect place, where their soul can rest in peace for eternity. Heaven is the place where one can meet their maker, and possibly be free from the restraints of a human form. Heaven can be the place where you can finally see the ones you’ve lost on earth and be with them forever. I think these traits make heaven the utopia of many of the spiritual people in the world. I think it also fits the role of utopia because of the fact that non-religious people are unsure if heaven exists, or that members of different religions may not recognize other religion’s definitions of heaven, making it hypothetical in some cases.