I am happy to finish this little blog project – utopia makes me depressed and I am getting bored with the topic as are the few bloggers that receive the posts. If I had the patience and skill-set to write a fiction book, I think this framework would make a great story with lots of twists and turns — characters, plots, descriptions, love and war, would bring this dead subject alive. But I would also have to provide answers to the below questions which would defeat the purpose of this little project. In writing the questions below and given my self-imposed limitation to simply provide a framework for these beings, I realized this is an extremely boring post and almost considered not posting it. But, I do think #3, #6, #10, and #11 are pretty interesting and would be the material for a creative fiction story. Perhaps if I ever find a place to attempt fiction, this would be my primary material.
But there is one key take away from building this utopian framework. A team, a culture, a society, is only as strong as its populace, as its lowest denominator and highest numerator, and all those in between. The key is to raise the level of the populace as a whole yet allow the flexibility in the framework to treat each individual as a priceless piece of the puzzel and do everything in your power to enable that individual. In the end, after all supportive efforts have been exhausted, the value, fulfillment, and direction of that individual is up to him or her to define.
There are many big questions which arise from this utopian framework. The beings that emerge from Generation Skip and their offspring must answer these questions which will define their evolution.
1. What will be their visions and purposes? I imagine this would take several generations before they could begin to formulate and outline the answer to this primary question for reasons outlined in previous post on education.
2. What sticks and carrots would they employ being a money less society? How would the highly talented and value producers be recognized and rewarded relative to the low-end of the spectrum? My general thoughts here are more free time, relatively nicer living arrangements, and more access to traveling abroad. On the wild side, perhaps these value producers would have more access to females or males for mating rights just like brute strength in the natural world gets the harem. But, in a higher culture, I would think that ultimately enlightenment and knowledge are most likely the ultimate rewards and incentives that would in turn drive the visions and purposes. A more enlightened populace would be a beautiful sight to behold — I think.
3. Would these beings be free to leave these utopian frameworks opting to live and exist in the outside world? What happens if a utopian being falls in love with a non-utopian being and wants to bring the non-utopian being back to live in the utopian construct? What about the reverse scenario? I would hope the answer would be yes to all of the above, but if no, that would make a more interesting segment of a fiction book.
4. How would politics function? My thought here is part-time politicians or quite simply sages. Money would be out of the picture (unless they decide it is necessary) so the only concerns to watch would be abuse of power and influence. An enlightened culture should be aware of man’s historical weakness with power and influence and they should be capable of erecting preventative measures. It would be fun to see how they struggle to contain this historic urge.
5. How would they handle the conundrum between being human yet recognizing the immense impact we have on the environment upon which we depend? Will they sacrifice certain pleasures and comforts for the sake of the environment, or will they elect a path similar to ours? Will they impose restrictions on the number of infants they bring into their world, or will they follow our lead? Will they innovate and create alternatives so that they don’t have to make so many sacrifices to live with certain pleasures and comforts? Or, will they in fact embrace sacrifice as a means to progress and reach different levels of achievement which may differ from our definitions?
6. How would they view and interact with the outside world? Will they view us as a hindrance, a monstrosity, much like a teenager may view the parents as he or she grows into a more enlightened stage? What would they do if they viewed the outside world as a threat to their existence and visions? Would they ever contemplate using the power of their intellect to create a means to destroy us? Ha…another good piece to add to the book of fiction. Alternatively, would these utopian frameworks evolve into a more altruistic community, a sort of think tank, which attempts to help us solve some of our perpetual problems? Would they attempt to engage in other matters like the Olympics, a traveling symphony, as guest lecturers, and other capacities?. Or, would they simply start to ignore us and simply go about their business in relative isolation aside from educational observations while traveling abroad?
7. How would the outside world view these utopian frameworks? Would these utopian communities inspire change or the impulse to emulate? Or would these constructs stir dark emotions like envy, scorn, and jealousy? Would such dark emotions lead to an attack on these utopian societies?
8. How would the multiple utopian frameworks interact with each other? I argued for multiple site locations throughout the world for these utopian frameworks to encourage variation and experimentation. How would these utopian frameworks associate with one another? Would they ever contemplate war against the outer world or against one another? If a war was to be fought amongst one another, how would such wars or conflicts be fought? What weapons or games would be employed for such a purpose? What spoils would go to the victor? On the other end of the spectrum, would they embrace and adapt differences and learn from one another? Would they have joint celebrations? What would they celebrate? Again, this would also be interesting material for a fiction book.
9. What types of customs will arise in regards to man and woman? Will there be such a concept as marriage? What would the ceremony entail? What would happen upon a breakup of the couple without money or housing being an issue?
10. What would they celebrate or worship? They would be exposed to all religions so would they in fact celebrate all the holidays and gods? Would they make up their own gods? Would they have gods?
11. Would they partay (spelling correct)? Would they embrace alcohol, drugs, tobacco, crazy music, Dionysus? Or would they be pristine and upright banning such behavior? Personally, I would hope that on occasion they would embrace Dionysus and do so on a grand scale.
Ok my friends, although this is anti-climatic, it is nevertheless finito. Only fiction could bring this fictitious utopian framework alive.