Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The perfect world...


A dystopian society according to Wikipedia is...

A dystopia is a fictional society that is usually seen as the antithesis of a utopia.

A dystopia is usually characterized by an authoritarian or totalitarian form of government, or some other kind of oppressive social control.

In 1984, Brave New World, and The Handmaid's Tale we will be looking at dystopian societies. Since we will be discussing the good and the bad of these societies as well as our own, I want to hear your opinion. If you were in charge and you could change some things to make America the perfect country, what would you change? What are some laws, practices, values, attitudes, people, or places that you would work to change to make our society better?

19 comments:

jonathann6 said...

In a Brave New World, the government goes as far as shaping people's desires while they are young through "hypnopedia". The population is unaware of their control because they are "conditioned" not to think or go against the social class system that was set up by the government. On one hand, this promotes extreme stability in life, but is this really a pleasant way to live?

ally irwin said...

I don’t believe it is possible for a utopian society to exist on earth. I really don’t know what I would change about America to make it the perfect country. There is no way to wipe out lying and corruption. World peace is a great concept but there will always be power hungry people and corruption. Higher values and better attitudes in the American society would be great. But everyone has a different opinion of what’s right and wrong so I think America is holding up pretty well considering all the diversity.

Rwarren5 said...

As much as I wish it was possible, I agree with Ally. There is no way that everyone in America could live in utopia. There are too many people with too many different personalities and backgrounds that are not understanding of each other. There will always be corruption and people who do not wish to have a better place to live.

DorieF5 said...

Okay well I agree with the two girls above! Honestly, it seems like the harder we try to make the world a better place, the worse off it gets. I think that we should have a stricter punishments for killing, or even attempting to kill, rape and sexual harrassment and things of that sort. I just don't feel comfortable with knowing that people are out free on the streets even after killing some one before. I just don't think that is right. That's really the only thing that bothers me because other things are opinions and I think that every one would feel better feeling safer... but yah it's not really that easy! bye b-cal talk to you tomorrow!

Leeb3 said...

One thing I would do if I was in charge is to end all income tax. I would replace this by raising the sales price of each state by a few percentage points. This would stop the unfairness of our government's tax system. It taxes the rich heavily and the poor get away without paying anything. Yet both get the same benefits...

carolineh5 said...

I don't believe a utopian society is possible eitehr. People are always going to be evil because of the fall, and no matter what we do we can not change that.

AndersonS6 said...

I'm going to go with the norm here and say that "world peace" or a Utopian society is unfeasible because people have self interests. Therefore it is of my opinion that government should take a small role and let self interests play out with guidelines that others must not be directly hurt by it (I know that is way too broad). Notice that private stuff is almost always better than public stuff.

KatieM1 said...

Even though we talk about a Utopian society not coming true for America, you cant deny that we as Mountain Brook residents have not created our own utopia in our community. Think about it, we have little violence, no records of mass homicides in our area, and are all realitivly upper middle class. We all live in comfort and have seperated ourselves from other communities to make ours more efficient. Now Im not dissing our community, I love living here, we have so much to be thankful for. But upon leaving this seemingly utopian society next year, we will be introduced to the corrupt and indecent world of the US in all areas. So be carefull next year, because its rare on finding another place in as high a moral as Mountain Brook.

maxg3 said...

It's simply impossible. There are too many factors about so many things. And if not impossible, conditions have to be just right for the transition to perfectly flow to make the change. And depending on what you're trying to do, there are so many factors for each type of thing you want to happen. That's all I can say right now.

KatherineK5 said...

I also agree that there is no such thing as a utopian society. As much as we may wish and hope for this absolutely perfect world, people will always be driven by their self-interests. I do think that we can acheive an almost perfect society, so there is still a need to strive for a utopia, but I just think we'll always be one step away.

MICHELLE! said...

If it was possible in a fantasy world to have a Utopian society, I definitley would get rid of all the illegal immigrants and send them back to their countries. When they want to get a green card or whatever they're called and get into our country the right way, then come on! But Ally's right, world peace is a good concept and that would be great and wonderful, but all very unrealistic. Another thing i would do is go to every person on drugs in the streets that are homeless and try to get them jobs and clean. That is the way to a better America!

ElliottM3 said...

I don't believe a utopian society is possible. There are too many factors that play into effect. There is no way to wipe out lying and corruption. World peace is a great concept but there will always be power hungry beings and corruption.

walkerd03 said...

If I could change anything about America it would be that everyone could get along to have peace, which is not possible but could be worth a try.

GriffB5 said...

A Utopian society cannot exist because people are always distrustful. Everyone has flaws and cannot be perfect all the time. Someone has to govern and that person is not perfect either.

AshtonH1 said...

IF I could shape America, I would make it a more peaceful place that didn't engage in so many militaristic activities. I am not a pacifist or completely against military control, but I think people on the Hill should take a step back and look at was is going on in Iraq. Although I am a republican by nature, even my approval of Bush on this "war on terrorism" is somewhat down in the way that he is handling it. I would also try and increase the morale of the troops in some way and boost confidence amongst Americans back on the homefront.

philipr5 said...

I don't believe a utopian society would ever be possible. There are too many factors that play into effect. I do not believe there is any way to get rid of lying or corruption. World peace would be nice but that will never happen because there are too many people with different views in the world that will never get along.

Mitchell M 6 said...

It is impossible to create a utopian society. There will always be something going wrong in the world and people have far different views of what a perfect society is.

stus6 said...

I have to continue the trend and say that a utopian society is not possible. They have been tried before but failed. The best example of this being the Soviet Union. If a utopian society was possible then it would need to be a homogenous population with an equal distrobution of wealth. In today's world these fsctors are impossible to achieve.

JohnF5 said...

I think that i would change the transportation system. Everyone should change to motorcycles cause there would be no cars to kill the cyclists. And maybe segways could make surge on the market. You never know.