1. Do you think childhood is a utopian time, why or why not?
I would say that for most peoples childhood or just the idea of childhood is most definitely a utopian timeframe. This timeframe gives the illusion of a carefree, no stress, no responsibility lifestyle, which is very appealing to most people. Anyone with a few years on them says, don't get old, you will regret it. They want to go back to a simpler time in life. A part of their life where they did not have bills to pay or a life where their only disappointment was not getting the last blue popsicle in the pack and having to settle for a purple one. I think that childhood is a utopian time but people who are living in that time frame don't realize it till that are out of it. For example, when a teenager finally gets a job and goes to college and then starts to complain that "adulting sucks". They had so many issues growing up when in reality they were not issues at all. I think from an outside view many places or timeframes can be seen as utopian, but from an inside view they are the complete opposite, and that's how I would clarify childhood being considered a utopian time.
2. What place for me is utopian?
My utopia is a place most people have never heard of. My utopia is called Joni and Friends. Joni and friends is an organization that hosts family retreats for families affected by disability. They are similar to a vacation for families with a child who has a disability. These families do not normally get a normal trip to the grocery store let alone a vacation. This place is utopian for me because everyone is welcome and everyone is accepted for who they are regardless of their abilities or lack of. This place is built on love and friendship and its an amazing representation of how society should be treating people with disabilities, like they are human, because they are. At Joni and Friends everyone is there for one reason, to love on each other and show them they are not alone. This is utopian because this is unfortunately not even close to reality. People are mean, and if you are seen as different then you are weird and weird is not good. At Joni and friends this is the opposite and that is why it is utopian.
3. The book series that I referenced in my 3/24 post was the Maze Runner series. This series definitely had some utopian impulses but more so in the first book. They were living in a place where they, in reality, were trapped and being used as an experiment. But it could be seen as they got a chance to be in a bright green and fruitful area while the rest of the world was dying from a virus. They got the chance to live a simple life while the rest of the world fights for their lives.