I suspect some people here want to “change the world” in some way. We have ideas about how the world could be better, more beautiful, more just, and so on. We can point to things that we think should stop; others that there should be more of. Less war, more love—for example. And so on.
Of course the devil is in the details; yet there’s something more than a devil involved. We are, ourselves, the reason things are they way they are. Simultaneously, we hold the potential for them to be otherwise.
I read an article somewhere about a supposed resurrection of “utopian energies”—filling the void left by postmodern nihilism—in various pockets of progressive Western culture.
Maybe I even sometimes feel certain utopian energies, in certain states of mind…
The question that comes up, I think, is can you trust those energies? Or is holding to a vision of a radically different (and better) world more trouble than it’s worth?
We simply need to do the best we can, given the world we have, in our minuscule ways? Which might be touched by grace or not…
I’m curious: is anyone thinking or feeling differently about the idea of Utopia in the context of reading The Dispossessed?
Do you think anything other than an “ambiguous utopia” is possible, or even desirable?