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How To Live The Utopian Life

How To Live The Utopian Life

Most people desire to live a good life, an honest life, a perfect life. To live perfectly or ideally is to live the utopian life. It is one filled with a passion driven purpose unique to each individual within the community. Once each individual discovers a talent, a way of giving and the uniqueness that is oneself, the individual is on the path to a new and perfect life.

The word, first coined by Sir Thomas More for his book describes a fictional island in the Atlantic Ocean. More recently, the term has been used to describe intentional living communities. While it does not require a village, it certainly helps when individuals can share in a peaceful, loving and kind community.

Communes of the mid-60s and early 70s are a good example of utopian lifestyles. Individuals shared housing, chores, gardening and other activities. Unlike those communes of the early days, sex, drugs and rock and roll are often missing from the menu in the intentional living communities and communes still operating today.

One of the most promising groups looking to build a Utopian society is that of the improvisational dance community. A community can be built around a specific interest, or the interests of a number of different residents. When built around one specific interest, it is often easier to plan and attend events as the need for specific equipment often stays the same.

When it comes to ecological concerns, there are many aspects of this so called perfect life that can be of assistance. Ecological aspects can also be a source for inspiration. Whether for green political movements in the future, or cleaning up the environment today, those living a Utopian lifestyle are far more likely to actively work to clean up rather than destroy the planet.

As a result, due to the commercialism and capitalism that took over the late 19th and early 20th century, many communes and intentional communities arose in various parts of the world. Social disruption created by the establishment of these new markets has always been thought to have been the cause of this particular recessive period in history. It is during this time that the socioeconomic status among those living in different communes, intentional communities and other shared housing became quite clear.

Not often realized, dormitory living in colleges and universities has often been thought of as utopian. While this may be the case, it is doubtful that any dorm is the perfect living situation; While fraternities and sororities have some of the same living conditions, in no way are either of these utopian in nature. Rather, both are often boisterous, loud and obnoxious, everything that goes against the definition of peace.

A good fictional example is Andromeda (1957) a film in which a united human race communicates with a Great Circle to develop a perfect technological culture within a social network. The basic premise is that the right individuals can build an intentional community of peaceful, kind and loving people which can last a lifetime. One of the most important aspect of a successful living situation is the ability of all residents to co-exist in a peaceful manner regardless of differences of opinion.

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