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Blind in Utopia

Thinking anew about Utopia -- I wonder if there are Utopian schemes that can accommodate people with impairments.  I am sure there are Utopias where impairments are fixed; and there are dystopias where perfect bodies are required and those who don;t measure up are disposed of.  But what about Utopias where impairments are accepted and dealt wisely with?


Feb. 11th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
chelseagirl on another post related that when she asked her students to name a Utopia, all they could come up with was dystopias. Which are not only commoner now but I guess seem more likely.
Feb. 11th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
I suppose entropy is easier to recognize. If you subscribe to circular philosophy utopia breeds its own dystopia which in term lead back to a new utopia. Most of the time spent living is in those intermediate periods
Feb. 13th, 2012 12:49 pm (UTC)
Did the students think they were dystopias ?
They might consider Brave New World a Utopia now given the enthusiasm for fully pneumatic breast implants (a description that conjures up a number of strange images)
Feb. 14th, 2012 07:26 am (UTC)
I think the problem is that ideal societies are boring. Conflict is what makes a story interesting. But we think an ideal society would be free of conflict. Dystopias are easier to write.

I have a good collection of utopian literature because it interests me. There needs to be a conflict for there to be a story.

In "The City, Not Long After" by Pat Murphy, and "The Fifth Sacred Thing" by Starhawk, the conflict was with other societies.

"Herland", "Ecotopia", and "Looking Backward" were travelogs. The conflict was the narrator's personal journey.

Many 'utopian' stories, like Frederik Pohl's "JEM", deal with how to solve a problem the society has.

And then there are stories, like "Candide", "Gulliver's Travels", and "Erewhon", that are social commentaries. Which segue into dystopian literature.