The first step in creating this utopian construct is finding a location site for the birth of Generation Skip. Before I get into this topic, I want to point out that Generation Skip isn’t the name of this utopian construct, rather, this term merely signifies a break from the wheel or treadmill that generation upon generation has been subjected to for far too long. Selecting a location site for this utopian foundation should not be underestimated. If we look back in time, it is clear that the geological features surrounding a culture had huge implications and impacts on the beings that dwelled there. The features, the resources, the fauna, the temperatures, the seasons, all impacted the development of the culture. The surrounding land and water features, climate, plants and animals, seeped into their very being.
The location site could be anywhere in the world but we must ensure that the following minimum criteria is achieved. First, the site must be relatively isolated from the current human world. Second, the location must be well protected by the existing society outside the perimeter which would act as a sort of guardian, nanny, or distant mother. Third, the site must have fertile land and resources which can enable the culture to become self-sufficient over time. Fourth, the location should be surrounded by abundant and bountiful nature, beauty — unspoiled. We could put these sprouts in the middle of a desert or an arctic icescape, which would be interesting, but why not pick a site with fresh rivers, forests, mountains, ocean, and or fertile plains? Why not place them among the noble wild beasts, the Orca, the bear, the eagle, the hawk, the wolf, or the tiger, the crocodile, the python, and the leopard? Such unspoiled places do still exist.
We mustn’t get hung up on one site, for I envision many utopian constructs developing all over the world in a wide variety of geographic landscapes and fauna. We want variety, differentiation, experimentation, and variation. We do not want one singular solution, but we do want environments and locations that meet the basic criteria outlined above. And we most certainly want open frameworks that free these upstart human utopias from the wheel. What is that? Did you say “utopias” as opposed to just utopia? Yes, I did. Do you foresee potential conflicts, disagreements, war, between these various experimental utopias? Do you foresee potential conflicts, disagreements, war, between these various utopian constructs and the status quo societies – us? I will be interested to see how these new upstart cultures deal with such tension between themselves and with the cultures that surround them at large after they have been enlightened to man’s history.
I have offered some images in this post and I would love to have a vote if we had to choose just one site, but I am afraid we don’t have enough visitors to make it interesting. As such, I enjoy contemplating multiple utopian site locations as well as multiple utopian solutions and visions sprouting up from these virgin, unspoiled, free territories. The potential, the imagination, is wide open, limitless, and open to be defined. The next post will briefly discuss the temporary infrastructure to support these new upstart communities.