Thomas More’s Utopia is quite popular among historians, which is the reason I started my research in this book. I read some parts of the book, and did some research about people’s opinion. I don’t think that ideal and perfect world could possibly exist though. Utopia is based on More’s attempt to solve the social problems in the sixteenth century. According to McKay, More believed that “There is absolute social equality. The Utopians use gold and silver to make chamber pots and to prevent wars by buying off their enemies. By this casual use of precious metals, More meant to suggest that the basic problems in society are caused by greed” (McKay 417). I totally agree that greed is one of the main reasons that we don’t have the perfect world, but there are other things that would affect the society as much as well.
In an essay by “Every sin, which committed by the individual, affect society as a whole.” People have to be tolerant and respect each other in order to make the world better (). Of course, these are good elements to have in a society, but the problem is that people’s qualities vary. How would this loving and sharing world work when there are so many practical problems that exist?
Besides from greed, the problem I think is serious is that people would get lazier and lazier if the government is looking for the hours of work but not the quality nor the quantity. China once faced this problem too; people didn’t care about their crops’ quality or quantity, because the Chinese government just ordered the people to work for certain hours. This system of equality and fair working conditions might work if idleness or greed were not part of human nature.
There are ways to solve this problem, like to reward the workers that have better quality products or more production from the six hours of work required in Utopia. It is a simple logic; it would work as a motivation since More describes the equal society as everyone dresses the same and wears no adornment. The best example of this would be service-learning hours and a more decent resume. You worked the required hours, which is good enough, but you are hoping for better, so you work extra hours for better impressions. It is understandable.
The government would have to do quality or quantity checks if they use this rewarding method; modern society is still facing this problem. Should we focus on the products’ quality or the quantity of the worker produces in a certain amount of time? Or should we just pay him for the time he worked? This really is a debatable question.
The ideal world in More’s Utopia is a world that everyone would be thrilled to live in. Everybody’s happy and equal. But this just won’t work in real life.
McKay. A History Western Society, Boston, M.A.: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008. Print.
More, Thomas. Utopia, New York, N.Y.: Penguin Books, 1965. Print.
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