Close
Skip to content

2 Comments

  1. Evelyn Senyi
    May 17, 2016 @ 1:37 pm

    Great post! As someone who reads and writes a lot on the theme of dystopia, I find your thoughts interesting. I think you have hit the nail on the head: utopias are almost always, inevitably dystopias. Even those societies that seem to live in peace and harmony have external problems. I am thinking here of the Star Trek universe. We are told that there is no poverty and no hunger in the United Federation of Planets, yet for the entire series (all 5 of them? plus movies) this supposed utopian society is at war with someone (Klingons, Borg, etc). So is that really a utopia or just a united response against an external threat?

    I think humanity is far too flawed to ever achieve a utopia. As for sci-fi, well it would be impossible to write a story on a utopia as the very essence of fiction is conflict.

    • Andrea Kovarcsik
      May 17, 2016 @ 1:42 pm

      Thanks so much, Evelyn! My first commenter! I’m so grateful!

      I was discussing Star Trek as well with my brother the other day. I was actually saying that that universe seems to me to be the most perfect story imagined, however, you are totally right! There too, they are constantly warring and at odds with other worlds. I like your idea here about whether that is really a utopia or just a united response. If humanity could be more united in response I think we could go far, but does that mean it’s a utopia á lá Thomas More’s Utopia or something along those lines? Probably not, but worth thinking about. 🙂