Serious Wonder Sunday: Do We Fear Utopia?
In week two of our new SERIOUS WONDER SUNDAY series, I challenge you to think about utopia. Can we achieve balance between nature and technology? Can technology help us create a harmonious life for everyone on this planet? Can we tolerate utopia? Do we fear utopia?
Statistically speaking, it appears that the world is getting better. If you need proof, please read [easyazon_link asin=”145161683X” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”seriou03-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think[/easyazon_link], by Peter H. Diamandis. Unfortunately, if you ask the average person on the street, they will recite a long stream of negative news headlines about terrorism, greed or corrupt governments. And yet, we ignore the amazing achievements that have made our lives better.
We would be wise to remember that negativity is contagious and dangerous. I view this as a sickness. A disease of the mind that we must fight with facts, science, technology and art. We need aspiration, not devastation; creation not annihilation.
Take a look at some these incredible utopian visions of the future. We are exposed so little of this type of art in the media that it might feel disingenuous or naive. It might seem impossible to think of utopia as an achievable goal, but we once thought that human flight was impossible. Let’s not give up just yet. We are still infants in the technological revolution.