Friday, May 24, 2013

Utopian Thinking

There is a long tradition of great thinkers trying to imagine Utopia - an ideal world that we should all strive to make real. Plato's Republic is one of the earliest examples, and Thomas More coined the term Utopia for his 1516 book of the same name. This in itself is a good thing - it's hard to create a better world if you cannot imagine what it might look like. The problem arises in the compromises we make trying to get there.