{Personal Note… I lied. lol. You get 3 posts this week, thanks to The Conversation Room.}


Praise be to King Nemo of the Island of Utopia

I have a scrawled journal entry, oh, about 10 years old, regarding my thoughts on the island of “Utopia”.

Needless to say, after finally getting to read the book in its entirety… thanks to my new Kindle Reader and a free download via Gutenberg.org …

I was a bit irked and disappointed.

What the heck?

This “Utopia” was The Perfect World? The one so many aspired to creating and constantly lamented the loss or absence of?

The world that post-Utopian writers scared us into wanting by creating imaginary Dystopian lands?

This place Sir Thomas More was credited with imagining… THIS was the Ideal World and existence?

If you were a man, of course, and a free one at that…

Women, children, and yes, slaves, were beholden to the gentle, wise rule of their patriarchic society.

The ideal I was taught to believe to be the perfect world… didn’t include me, or my daughters. We were but vessels and servants to those whom relished in its’ riches.

Hmm… what to think?


The result of my scrawled, messy thoughts?

A call for New Visionaries and Philosophers… A call for New Thinkers and Writers. A call for a New Ideal, based on a more – Egalitarian point of view and true – shared – Labor, and thus: rewards…

Main Entry:

egal’i’tar’i’an, adj. : asserting, promoting, or marked by egalitarianism (a belief in equality)

MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICTIONARY


The catalyst for these meandering thoughts?

A new post by Conor Boyle of The Conversation Room, a brilliant video (as usual)… but the subject was of that particular word I have come to despise, and avoid using, except ironically:

UTOPIA as the “Ideal World” we should aspire to creating…


As a previous Latin student, I was reasonably certain the word “Utopia”, in its’ etymological history, did not begin as meaning the word “Ideal”… (There’s a different word for that… well two: “perfectus”, or “exemplar”… depending on the connotation necessary.)


Praise be to Google and the online Etymology dictionary, here is the actual, historical, meaning of this compound word:

utopia (n.)

1551, from Modern Latin Utopia, literally “nowhere,”

…coined by Thomas More (and used as title of his book, 1516, about an imaginary island enjoying the utmost perfection in legal, social, and political systems), from Greek ou “not” + topos “place” (see topos). Extended to any perfect place by 1610s. Commonly, but incorrectly, taken as from Greek eu- “good” (see eu-) an error reinforced by the introduction of dystopia.

http://www.etymonline.com

  

As some of you know, one of my favorite authors is Jules Verne20,000 Leagues Under the Sea being myself and my daughters’ favorite, all-time, summer read-together book…

And, well, the word “nemo”; the name of The Nautilus’ infamous Captain of Jules Verne’s imagination and genius, is Latin for…

“NOBODY, or NO ONE”


The truth is… well, guys and gals, we haven’t achieved Utopia, because, well… IT DOESN’T EXIST.

It seems Sir Thomas More, was being, well, a touch facetious. I will only mention the fact that he deemed it necessary to place his imaginary land on an island, surrounded by water. And thus, leave you to wonder why…

“No Man is an Island”