Presence of Utopia on the Map of the World

Presenceof Utopia on the Map of the World

Presenceof Utopia on the Map of the World

Althoughdifferent governments have been trying to create ideal societies, itis evident that utopia or a perfect society is a fiction that cannotbe realized in any part of the world. The word utopia is interpretedin slightly different ways. In my case, I understand utopia an idealsociety that is characterized by fair distribution of resources,stable ecosystem (no pollution), and where people do the jobs theylike, and all people live in perfect peace. Both political andnon-political leaders have been trying to establish a perfect societythat they refer to as a fully developed society, but this has alwaysbeen an exercise in futility (Holzman, 1984). An ideal society likethis can only exist in fiction, but not in the real world that haswars after wars, rampart corruption that disrupt equitabledistribution of resources, and environmental population. Based onthese facts I disagree with Oscar Wilde, who states that amap of the world that does not include utopia is not even worthglancing at.

Areal interpretation of Wilde’s statement is that no map of theworld should be looked at simply because none of them has a utopia. Ithink Wilde must have been made to believe in myths that areinscribed in nearly all cultures of the world. These myths areusually narrated to children and inform them that humankind lived inperfect fulfillment and happiness at some distant time. During thistime, people lived in instinctive harmony with nature. What Wildefailed to comprehend is that the myths were narrated to encourage thenew generation to keep on improving things in the society by desiringto establish a perfect society, but they were not meant to show thatutopia can be achieved in the real world. However, it is possible toachieve one element of a utopia society, but nature limits humancapacity to achieve a perfect society. For instant, Iceland ranks asthe most peaceful country in the world, but is one of the coolestplaces, which makes it not an ideal place for everyone (Forbes,2014). This implies that each society has its positive and negativefeatures, but none of them can be perfect for everyone.

Respondingto other students’ answers

Thefirst student disagrees with Wilde on the grounds that a perfectsociety cannot be achieved. I agree with this student because a givensociety can nearly achieve one element of a utopia society, but failachieve the rest and such a society cannot be considered to beperfect. However, the student focuses on materialistic items whilethe utopian society requires a perfection of both materialistic andnon-materialistic items. In addition, the student asserts thatdifferent societies are unique in their own ways, which is verycorrect. This implies that each society has its strengths andweaknesses that reduce its capacity to reach perfection.

Thesecond student also disagrees with Wilde’s statement by statingthat understanding and the interpretation of the word utopia variesfrom one person to another. I agree with this student to some extentbecause different people may have varying likes and dislikes and thelikes where the likes of one person may not be the likes of another.This means that two people can use different criteria to classify thesociety as a utopia or not. However, the student fails to acknowledgethe fact that there are some common elements (such as total peace andequitable distribution of resources) of utopia that are agreed uponby all people as the key features of a utopian society.


Forbes(2014). World’s peaceful countries. Forbes.comLLC.Retrieved August 22, 2014, from

Holzman,M. (1984). Anarchism and utopia: William Morris’s news fromnowhere. EnglishLiterary History,51 (3), 589-603.