“A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at.” – Oscar Wilde (‘The Soul of Man Under Socialism’, 1981 essay).
My Ode to Utopia
There’s a place called Utopia
Replete with joy, minus any pain and untold fear
Every day is a celebration
In this land of love and bonhomie
The people know no hatred, cruelty and warfare
Neither have they heard of poverty and tears
Their lives are picture perfect and their hearts wide open
Rooting for each other in this little paradise that they lovingly call Utopia
Why can’t we also create our very own mystical land
A land of unconditional love, good vibes and care?
After all there is a bit of Utopia that lies in our hearts and souls.
Foot note: ‘Utopia’ is a Greek neologism invented by the author of the eponymous satire, Thomas More, and can be translated as ‘Nowhere’. Its perfect (but fictitious) society was meant to contrast with, and consequently be a criticism of, contemporary society in early 16th century Europe.
This picture was taken from one of the first editions of the book, which is published online at the Bibliotheca Augustana, an interesting repository of Latin texts, stretching from well before Christ to the 20th century. Unfortunately, despite the lovely colours, the gothic lettering makes the text labels in this map unreadable…
(Source: Big Think)