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Ideals of Utopia
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When we think of utopia, we think perfect. The interesting thing here though is that we are often not told the irony of this word. One of the first writers who described an ideal state was the greek philosopher Plato in "Republic". However, the term utopia was actually later used by Sir Thomas More in 1516 when he published a book by that name.

The word utopia is greek in its origin and actually has a dual translation. The prefix "U" in one case means "no" and in the other case means "good". Topia in both instances means place. So you have "no place" and "good place" hence the irony of the word. Did Thomas More choose this word with dual meanings for the purpose of showing that it will never exist here on Earth? Can a utopia ever exist in the plane of our current existence that is Earth, why or why not? What it comes down to is the idea of utopia an actual plausible thing or just an illusion? Let me know how yall fell...

Pariah
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Re: Ideals of Utopia
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"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding" - Albert Einstein

I think if people try to understand each other, there might be a bit of peace.
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