Are we really living in a perfect world? Or are we blatantly ignoring the fallacies of our society? Binita Singh talks about the delusion of a utopian society that has left the world in a state of denial
Utopia – an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. Such a simple word, and yet, it means so much. Perfection – the main aspect of a utopian society. But can it be achieved? I don’t think so. In today’s world, where crime rates are higher than ever, and man has defiled most of the earth for his needs, it is quite difficult, or rather, impossible, to form a society that is utopian.
During the early 19th century, many utopian societies arose in England and America, but sadly, perished due to various reasons. A place where the sexes were equal, religion was everything, and all statuses of the society worked together, sounded very much idyllic in paper, but foolhardy in reality.
While none of us in the 21st century are onto the idea of becoming the next Shakers (a particular group of Utopians), we sure seem to be following their ideals. We portray a perfect lifestyle on social media and in society, but fail to live that life in reality. Even with all the campaigns set up for women rights and equality, and people pretending that they truly are accepting of these radical changes, the mindset still hasn’t changed. Women are still seen as the weaker sex by a vast majority of people. Another example of this failed idealism is social media.We all see girls and boys posing for the numerous pictures just to upload it on the Internet, showing their perfect life with their perfect friends and family. But while each of us does the same thing, only we know how much of the portrayed paradise holds true.
Zara, Forever 21 and Calvin Klein – I think I’m being blinded by brands. The same Mercedes’ and BMWs cruising the roads. iPhones in every other hand. All of us, are practically emulators of each other. This hunger for perfection; the craving that has driven the folk of every town, city, state, country to fit in the crowd that is based loosely on the theme of acceptance: a theme, that is very much abstract. This game of charades has now become our life, the game of pretence, the game of denial. So much of our money is spent on lifestyle and appearances, as discussed in a particular Buzzfeed article. All of us, wanting the same things, working for the same things, doing the same things. Sounds like a severe case of Dollys (Dolly was the first clone to have been made) We’re all smiles, handshakes and hugs, but we fail to make real talk. Stringent laws have been put up since ages, and yet the Orlando shootings occurred. Tight security had been enforced and yet 22-year old singer, Christina Grimmie was shot in the head by a jilted fan. What sort of a perfect society are we claiming to live in, if we can’t even protect our own heads, literally. How can a society be perfect when the basic aspects of it do not have a solid foundation to it? Are we going to live in denial all our lives? Looks like “The Nile” is not just a river in the Sahara.
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