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Utopia January 31, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, Music & Dance, People, Spirit & Ego.
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I would love to live in a world where everyone gets along.
I would love to live in a world where everyone is color blind.
I would love to live in a world where everyone respects everyone.

I would love to live in a world free of greed & corruption.
I would love to live in a world with a level playing field.
I would love to live in a world where the powerful didn’t prey on the weak.

I would love to live in a world of cooperation, not competition.
I would love to live in a world where people engage in dialogue.
Sans judgment.

I would love to live in the world Alanis describes in Utopia . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

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1. Ally Bean - January 31, 2020

Well aren’t you the idealist? I say, you go make it so.

nrhatch - January 31, 2020

I do what I can in my corner of the world, but it doesn’t seem to stem the tide flowing in the opposite direction.

nrhatch - January 31, 2020

In the 70’s, I believed that we could create a world where “peace would guide the planets and love would steer the stars.”

Now I’m more of a realist. Humans are a greedy bunch who are apt to implode as a species at some point. I wonder if we’ll still be around to witness the implosion?

Ally Bean - January 31, 2020

I wonder that too…

2. joyroses13 - January 31, 2020

I totally agree, what a wonderful world that would be! ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - January 31, 2020

Things could be so much better than they are . . . if only humans were so much better than we are.

joyroses13 - January 31, 2020

Exactly!!

3. Rivergirl - January 31, 2020

If only….

nrhatch - January 31, 2020

Yup! I am not optimistic about our chances. Think “Wall-E.”

4. Jill Weatherholt - January 31, 2020

I agree, but may I add one? I’d like to live in a world with 3 day weekends! ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - January 31, 2020

I wonder if you could use your powers of persuasion to create a 4-day workweek for yourself? I did that twice ~ once as an attorney (as long as I was not in trial) and once at Salisbury University. Of course, some positions are more amenable to a flex schedule than others.

Jill Weatherholt - January 31, 2020

I’ve thought about that, Nancy. It might be something I look into in the near future. ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - January 31, 2020

I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!

5. Kate Crimmins - January 31, 2020

Sign me up! Sometimes I think people are basically not very nice.

nrhatch - January 31, 2020

I agree, Kate ~ people can be selfish, greedy clods. Even ones who seem like decent sorts (e.g., Bill Cosby) manage to spoil the broth of humanity with their self-serving & vicious acts. And those who already have so much (e.g., Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin) want MORE, MORE, MORE even if they have to lie, cheat, and steal (at the expense of others) to get a bigger piece of the pie.

All we can do is our best and hope that the good guys don’t always finish last.

6. L. Marie - January 31, 2020

I’d like that kind of world too! ๐Ÿ˜€

nrhatch - January 31, 2020

We can dream, eh?

7. anotherday2paradise - January 31, 2020

Chance would be a fine thing, Nancy. It would also be great if lying was outright banned.

nrhatch - January 31, 2020

If you get Netflix, check out “The Invention of Lying.” It’s a pretty funny look at a world with no lying. ๐Ÿ˜†

anotherday2paradise - February 1, 2020

Yes, I imagine it could make for some very upset people if we all said exactly what was on our mind and there were no little white lies or flattery. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

nrhatch - February 1, 2020

8. Behind the Story - February 1, 2020

Above, you mentioned “The Age of Aquarius.” I still love that song.

Of course, the challenge is to live in the world as it is now, to get along with people who don’t get along with everyone, to understand people who aren’t color blind, to respect even those who don’t respect everyone, and so forth.

I enjoy being part of a congenial group and I often am. But I wonder if I would really like a world where everyone was “nice.”

nrhatch - February 1, 2020

Of course. We must “do what we can with what we have where we are” which means that we must “put up” with people “as they are.” ~> The what is, is.

That said, I don’t really want people to be “nice” ~ nice is a bit boring. “Nice” is agreeing with someone even when we disagree with them in order to avoid conflict and friction. “Nice” would be reassuring pedophiles and wife beaters and liars and cheats and people who abuse animals or children (and others of like ilk) that they are OK as they are. That they need not change . . . even when WE desperately want them to change.

“Nice” is being politically correct at the expense of honest discourse. “Nice” is not what I’m after.

9. Debra - February 3, 2020

I am convinced that most people want the utopia you describe, Nancy, yet isn’t it interetsing that we just never seem to get there!

nrhatch - February 3, 2020

The Ego is a formidable force and often looks for happiness in all the wrong places. Even when we are aware of its inability to maximize our true wel-being, it gets in our way, tripping us up. We think we can maneuver around the “tip of the iceberg,” forgetting that the bulk of its girth lies hidden beneath the waves.

Remember the communes of the 70’s ~ with groups of like minded individuals coming together to work and play and raise kids in harmony with nature and each other? Are they still around? Or did those experiments fail?

Maybe the “intentional communities” of a decade ago (or so) will fare better . . . but I doubt it. People, even those with high ideals, tend to get on each other’s nerves and fall out of favor with each other due to petty jealousies and other aspects of human nature.

At least BFF and I have a Utopian marriage ~ respectfully agreeing to disagree on certain topics (i.e., politics) without coming to blows or storming off in a huff. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ


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