In my feature film documentary, “On the Path to Strawberry Fields,” on a number of occasions I talk about creating the world our hearts know is possible.
This would be a just, compassionate, holistic, sustainable and enlightened world, one where people’s needs would be met and where people work together for the greater good, in the spirit of the Commons.
Some call this a utopia.
Please note: on Thursday, Dec. 5th at 7pm Eastern Time, I will be offering a free webinar, “How to Awaken Your Revolutionary Potential,” that will delve into how we can create a real Utopia. You can register for the webinar here: How to Awaken Your Revolutionary Potential.
During this free webinar, you will learn:
The word Utopia comes from Sir Thomas More, who in 1516 wrote a book of that name. In More’s book, Utopia was a fictional island; the word “Utopia” was derived from the Greek language, and literally means “nowhere.” The English meaning of the word Utopia means “good place.”
- There is nothing like a dream to create the future. Utopia today, flesh and blood tomorrow. – Victor Hugo
- A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing. And when Humanity lands there, it looks out, and, seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is the realization of Utopias. – Oscar Wilde
- Utopias are often only premature truths. – Alphonse De Lamartine
- None of the abstract concepts comes closer to fulfilled utopia than that of eternal peace. – Theodor W. Adorno
- I think that there is always a part of utopia in any romantic relationship. – Pedro Almodovar
- In ourselves alone the absolute light keeps shining, a sigillum falsi et sui, mortis et vitae aeternae [false signal and signal of eternal life and death itself], and the fantastic move to it begins: to the external interpretation of the daydream, the cosmic manipulation of a concept that is utopian in principle. – Ernst Bloch
- When I die, I want to die in a Utopia that I have helped to build. – Henry Kuttner
And social philosopher Lukáš Perný defines utopia: “In general, utopia has a positive meaning as a unit that represents an ideal human society, a normative social ideal (regulatory idea) of perfect quality. Utopias approach the moral, social ideal of particular societies. Every society necessarily presents certain notions of social good, which only proves the existence of utopianism as a universal idea for all cultures that have certain written or unwritten rules.”
The key word in creating a realist utopia is: Abundance. Our society has been moving in the direction of abundance, and will continue to do so.
Abundance is the opposite of scarcity; scarcity is the way of thinking that is deeply embedded in the reptilian brain: the person dominated by the reptilian brain is always looking out for himself, and desires to get something before someone else gets it, and if need be, to kill his rival in order to stop the rival from getting what the person with the reptilian brain feels is his.
Our economic system is rooted in this very same scarcity; its modus operandi is to crush competitors and make profits at the cost of the wellbeing of people and the planet.
As we move away from a society based on scarcity, we move towards a society based on abundance, in which people collaborate and cooperate, and in which individuals and society as a whole work toward the greater good, in the spirit of the Commons.
Let’s create utopia by moving towards abundance.
Take part in the conversation on utopia and abundance by attending my free webinar, How to Awaken Your Revolutionary Potential, on Thursday, Dec. 5th at 7pm Eastern. You can register for the webinar here: How to Awaken Your Revolutionary Potential.