Utopian Motel, Taupo, NZ (photo credit: Christian Espinoza)

For most of us, our lives are grounded in the reality of work, family, and commuting. If and when we catch a break, we likely switch on our phones and tune in in to some inconsequential videos, memes, or other people’s posts (like this one!). It’s not exactly a Utopian existence, but then what does that look like?

The notion of Utopia came from Thomas More‘s seminal book of the same name, and talked of a community with an ideal government and hardworking people making good with their time for the well being of themselves and others. So, not the hedonistic, hippy communes that sprouted in the 1960’s, but more of a big brother community that always has their eye on you wherever you go. So in a way, our reality is actually closer to More’s Utopia than we may think! Perhaps Google, FaceBook, and Apple read More as well and decided to create their own Utopia within the confines of their Valley lots, and in turn shaped the landscape of ours too.

We all live in within our own societal constraints, be they political, environmental, or financial. Few of us actually have direct power or control over that, however we all have a mind, and our mind can create many great things. It all stems from an idea, a belief. This can be used as a weapon just as much as an aid, but indeed powerful nonetheless.

Instead of escaping, and switching off, we should attempt to engage ourselves with what is going on inside. Delve deep into ourselves, our mind, our soul, and listen to what it’s saying. That very well could be our utopia in there.

Man looks in the abyss, there’s nothing staring back at him. At that moment, man finds his character. And that is what keeps him out of the abyss.”

– Hal Holbrook from Oliver Stone’s Wall Street