I was so surprised and pleased to see a Dungeon Prompt in my Reader (I’ve been a bit behind so I missed the first one) after Sreejit took a long hiatus.
This week’s prompt:
We all have a different idea of what the best possible world would look like. People are wholly interested in different things and have different ideas of what a good life would entail. Our religion, politics, and ethics are constantly at odds with others. But forget all of this for a moment and tell us all what your particular idea of utopia looks like. What is your best possible world?
I’m not sure how deep my answer can be as I’ve long puzzled over what utopia would really be. When I was younger and read Thomas More’s Utopia and other such explorations, I always thought the worlds they created seemed kind of like the Stepford Wives. You know, uniform in a creepy way. And I’ve never figured out how to create a “perfect” world without imposing dictatorial sameness on everyone.
A world filled with compassion and lovingkindness would be my primary goal. A world full of people with open hearts and absolute kindness toward all life. How to get there… a whole other question…
After reaching compassion, I actually think diversity in every way about everything is a good thing. I think much of what makes the world amazing is different cultures, different traditions, different walks of life. Just takes learning how to celebrate our differences instead of fighting about them. Easy, huh?
I think Denmark has done a wonderful job of creating economic safety without demanding that everyone have exactly the same amount, so I’m inclined to favor some sort of Universal Income and Universal Healthcare and other safety nets that mean everyone maintains a certain level of comfort. Having watched the failures of many attempts at communism, always accompanied by cruel and tyrannical imposition of authoritarian dictates, I’m skeptical about complete and exact economic equality as a goal. So my utopian world involves no one in poverty or dire straits, everyone comfortable, and beyond that many levels of income. It feels like that allows more freedom for people to have varied interests and values.
A key element of my utopia would be a world population with great care and concern for the environment, in which every country, every city, every family has adopted the best practices of sustainability, conservation, etc. possible. And to me that would include going back to the 1980’s goal of zero population growth, which is needed as much as it ever was, though not spoken about any more.
All levels of government would operate from a space of lovingkindness and compassion. No decisions would ever be made from a mental space, from an angry place or out of fear. Politicians would meditate and move together into heart chakra before ever voting on anything. I really believe if everyone made every decision from the heart instead of the head, we would all take care of one another, we would all be kind and loving and peace would reign.
And that begins with me. That begins with you. Each heart opening and filling with compassion, one heart at a time.