In class, thediscussion of how various authors’ shared their different views on what isconsidered an ideal society were all different. An ideal view for humanity is one that will probably never beattained, but there is still hope for one. Throughout the ages,people have expressed their interpretations of what would be an ideal societyfor them such as Martin Luther King Jr in his I Have a Dream speech, and in”The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin. The most common conceptof an ideal society is one that acts in peace and harmony, with each individualcontributing towards a shared objective. Which could be a continuedsurvival of the society, equality, and freedom for all.As of today thereis no such thing as an ideal society or a utopia. At least there are nocriteria of what a perfect society is.
In the event that an individual assumes thatall people’s interest is fulfilled, the reality is that what satisfiessomeone’s wants differ with other person’s wishes. If somehow a perfectsociety could be played out which, is ideal from all perspectives people wouldhave to make individuals have equal thoughts and mindset about things.Yet, this may be considered as vicious without wanting to against a person’sfreedom, which additionally cannot be in an ideal society.In Dr.
Martin Luther KingJr’s famous I have a Dream Speech, he lays out his vision of a society in whichrace does not make a difference. Instead, he says, the ideal society would beone in which individuals should not be judged on the “content of theircharacter” rather than on the premise of their skin color. King envisioned and wanteda society in which race or the color of someone’s skin was not an issue in howindividuals were treated or in how he or she is permitted to live their livesin whatever way they choose to. By having actual freedom that some seem to havemore of others because of something he ore she cannot control. With the most that Kingcould do with his vision he has made the world become a little more equal thanbefore his time even with the battles going on his messages has empowered somany individuals by giving them a voice that he or she felt they did not havebefore.Then, when reading “The OnesWho Walk Away From Omelas”, Le Guin describes the so-called utopian lifestyleof the people of Omelas. At first the reader is thought to believe that Omelasis such a happy place, where nothing could go wrong. When really the Omelaspeople’s way of life is uncivilized, do not really have a type of government,and their only main job is to survive.
The Omelas people do not show any civilized morals,and they are allowed to do what they want as long as it does not disturb thepeace in the community. This absence of a good structure demonstrates another reasonwhy Omelas is not considered a utopian society.Thepreviously mentioned authors have different point of views on what isconsidered an ideal society.
The idea of an ideal society or a utopia is notfully possible because with MLK’s speech as an example there has been a changein society for the better but there are still people that do not consider allraces equal. Putting back thefight that has been going on for centuries. Then, in Le Guin’s short story shedescribed what is thought to be an ideal society but came with the catch oftorturing a child. A utopia is based on the concept of having social perfection;therefore the torturing being done in Omelas does not demonstrate what would bea Utopian society. Whenasked the question on what would be my ideal society I first came to thethought of just some examples of world peace and for people not suffering fromfamine, for no crime and everyone have good health. If something that couldjust happen over night that would be amazing but if it was up to the peoplecurrently living to come up with what would be an ideal society everyone wouldhave his or her own views. For someone that is homeless his or her idea of aideal society could be something that many take for granted which is having aroof over his or her head.
For someone who does not share the same issues hisor her ideal society might include owning 12 cars to an exaggeration. Everyonehas separate views; some take more opportunities more grateful and are morehumble than other. With that in mind how could there is no such thing as anideal society. No two people think the same on all issues,so while one individual has one view on what is considered ideal, someone elsewill surely have a different one. So, even if a societycould have no rich or poor, no crime, no war, no hunger, no power, and noshortage of any resource people would still disagree with that vision.For a perfect society to be created all people would need to agree tocontribute in achieving a utopian future.
That is something thatdoes not look possible for another century.