Sir Thomas More depicts a leader of grand moral and authority. This leader, Utopus, is one who will order his own soldiers to work along with the captured to help construct this new isle. Now, how will all the things that this Utopus proposes - the equal sized cities, the careful selection of the crops, and overall, the way the land is shaped - actually be possible? How can a leader create the perfect society for imperfect people when that who founded it is imperfect themselves?
Now this doesn’t mean anyone should dismiss this idealistic, humanist, Renaissance society. He has plenty of great ideas. For example, Utopus proposes those of the city and those of the town should switch places every twenty years.This is to live a sort of “full” existence, if you will. Utopus’ idea is for all people to see the flip side of the coin, to see how the city moves on, and how those in the country keep it moving on.
So, let’s say, a banker in the city is extremely rich, and feeds himself and his family quite a grand meal each night. Where does that food come from? Will that banker become lazy and not realize the work that goes into harvesting and producing such food? It is an interesting concept, two careers in one lifetime.
Consider the careful selection of what is grown, how it is grown, and in what quantities. There is never too little, never too much. Even surplus is never wasted; it always somehow finds a home. That is one of the greatest flaws in our society today. There is so much waste, so much left over, so much that rots, and so much that could have served a purpose; but no one was kind enough to give it to those who needed it. People today just won’t take the time, even though they have the means, to give it to those in need. In this world, we have people starving to death, and yet have all this food that spoils. This wouldn’t happen in the Utopia.
Now, what is most interesting about this Utopia is the people working so hard they always beat the deadline with more than necessary effort. Was not America such a place years ago? Being proud of what they do, that is the way a society is to work. But alas, we humans are imperfect creatures. Though imperfect creatures can come up with near-perfect ideas, it is beyond our humanity to implement them to the fullest. What would you use to make them work this hard? Will some get a better opportunity? Then what? Will not others be jealous? There are so many questions to answer.
These conclusions are based on but an excerpt of a greater volume, in which much of the problems are likely ironed out. Yet, there shall still be wrinkles in even the most believed perfect societies. As long as we human beings remain imperfect, so shall society. And is this leader Utopus to consider himself perfect? What do we know of the man who creates this society?
We seem to be told very little about Utopus himself, only deluged by the details of the idealistic lifestyle. No, he is somewhat of a ghost to us. All we know is his great military strength, his iron hand, and pretty good job at organizing and planning such an astonishing little realm.
Other little questions come to mind. Are the people represented at all? Should there be any sort of representation, period? Do the magistrates act as sounding boards for their respective little slice of the population, or are they just watch dogs for Utopus? Many of these questions remain unanswered.
Utopia clearly contains many good ideas at how a society should run, but there are so many loopholes. There are problems with any grand idea of organizing a society. How will it be brought about? It just seems quite unrealistic. Those who do wrong - and there will be those - how will they be brought to justice? Ah, but people don’t wish to see the dark in society. Regardless, it’s there, and it has to be dealt with. Basically, there can be no Utopia unless we as humans become perfect beings, and that won’t happen anytime soon. Read: never.