Utopias Becoming Dystopias
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This video defines utopias and dystopias, and investigates how a utopia might become a dystopia. Can a seemingly perfect world actually be a dystopia in disguise?
or…war. What if there was a perfect city?
A place where everybody is beautiful and always young.
People of every race and religion would get along. There’d be no war, just peace and
happiness for everyone.
But wait, there’s no traffic because no one has a car… what if we want to leave?
Sure, it’s got awesome hangouts, but we’re… kind of tired of just hanging out…
What if they bulldozed all the parks to make room for the movie theater, the bowling alley,
the Cantonese-Greek Fusion Restaurant and Hibachi…
What if the powers-that-be went even further to make society perfect? What if everyone
had to wear the same perfect clothes?
What if there’s no race conflict because only one race is allowed?
And… what if there’s no conflict between people of different religions because the
government only allows one religion?
What if there’s no war because there’s only one government that controls every iota
of every person’s life?
Something is seriously wrong with this picture.
We’re beginning to think this place isn’t a utopia at all.
Maybe… something’s rotten under all the apparent perfection. There must be a word
for such a place...
It’s not perfect – it’s controlling and oppressive.
In the end, the line between a utopia and dystopia might be a lot finer than we think.
And suddenly we might realize that there may have been better, though more complicated,
answers to the world’s problems.
And maybe, deep inside… we might just miss the Bingo & Cross-stitch Hut.
That is …if the powers-that-be haven’t had our memories erased.