1. I see Childhood as a Utopian time. These characteristics of childhood may not be universal, but I generally consider these characteristics the basics of childhood. Childhood is meant to be a time where someone has no worries. Where they can live as if nothing was wrong in the world, as if no one had responsibilities. This is as Utopian as a time can get. A child may not get everything he/she wants but they don’t have to worry about paying bills or worry about national affairs. All things we consider dystopian about our current situation are nonissue among many children as it isn’t their responsibility to fix the problems of our society. Childhood is the time where children can dream, where they truly believe they can be anything and anyone they want. Childhood is a time of endless fun, where time with friends is plentiful, where responsibilities are non-existent, where everything is perfect. The problems a child faces are often not actual problems in relation to real world problems. Problems that were not only minuscule but generally handled by the guardian of the child. The world of childhood is one of slim responsibility, constant reward, and endless dreaming. This is what I would consider a Utopian time if there ever was one.
2. My Utopian place is the movies. No matter how bad the movie I enjoy going. The main reason I like the movies so much is because I really enjoy watching movies in general. I’ve always enjoyed the movie format because of the short commitment and possibility of sequels. I go to the theater to watch my movies because of the sound and projection systems. I usually go to the AMC theater in West Chester that has very good speakers and screens. The good sound and projection system help to pull me into the movie much better than watching at home or on my phone on the go. While I’m there I often forget my problems and simply watch the movie. Movies have always been my way of getting away from everything. A place that I’m able to go away from home and that pulls me out of my own reality is really a utopia in my mind. Even if it’s for only an hour or two, during that time there isn’t a worry in the world for me. The theater provides me that release from reality. It provides me that release from my responsibilities that any and all utopias should provide.
3. After looking at Gattaca again I’m starting to see Utopian impulses. During the movie the main character keeps proving that despite his genetic imperfections he can do what anyone else can just as well, if not better. He’s attempting to prove the genetically imperfect are capable of providing a good society. He used his own ability and ideals to prove to everyone that a society with both genetically imperfect and perfect individuals is just as Utopian with just one or the other. The main character never revealed he was an invalid despite proving himself worthy of his position in society.