The Ideal Society We have heard various conflicts going on around the world.
There are emerging and ongoing wars that destroy lands and nations. There are the continuous dilemma of inequality, discrimination and other social issues that despite the modern trends and rapid technological advances of the society and the various combined efforts of different groups are still haunting and dividing the members of the society. We all dreamed of an ideal society wherein an individual can fully function and unleashed their potentials and talents. Many nation leaders and initiators of many kinds tried to create a society that eradicate its imperfections.
There are the development and changing of legislations to improve the quality of services. There are also the establishment of communities that have their own set of rules and by-laws to which the members abide. There are various means applied and different attempts in establishing an ideal society that will enrich and benefit its members. The concept of an ideal society was originated on the famous work of Thomas More, Utopia which was published in 1516 (Online Library of Liberty). The work clamored and calls the attention of many readers, especially of the leaders and theorists by rendering different conceptions of an ideal society and what makes an ideal society. The simplest definition of utopia or an ideal society is the man’s dream of a better world (Davis 12). Though the definition is quite vague and imprecise, the idea is quite clear and understandable.
People are born to achieve great happiness in life so they try to imagine life that is better than what they are currently experiencing. The concept of dream embodies the fictional aspect of utopia. It is a fiction and make-believe. The concept of better represents perfection which is the main idea of a utopia or an ideal society: perfect (Davis 13). Utopia is a relative and subjective concept as it reflects the individual’s perception of perfection. It is one of the unfulfilled dreams of humankind as many of the attempts in establishing an ideal society failed.
Many philosophers, historians and great thinkers tried to theorize the different components of an ideal society. Regardless of how many of them attempted to define and lay down the mechanisms of an ideal society, we seem not progressed at all in becoming one (“Ideal Society and its Governance”). What defines an ideal society? It all boils down on the social, economic and political aspects of a society as an ideal society should be a society with prevalent justice, peace, liberty and equality (“Ideal Society and its Governance”).
Government, equality and freewill are the common variables that have impact on people’s daily lives. Every individual has their own set of values and attitudes creating different views and perspectives of an ideal society. This cause conflict as there are conflicting views and perspectives due to the subjective nature of a perfect society.Freewill is one of the important concepts in an ideal society.
People are given free will to do what they desire. In the philosophical sense, free will is the ability of the person to choose a course of action among the different alternatives. Most philosophers assert that free will is connected to the concept of moral responsibility. However, the true essence of free will is the condition of accomplishing something by ourselves and based solely on our personal attitudes and values (O’Connor).
In an ideal society, freewill is fully exercised, making it also conflicting on the enforced laws that aim to regulate human actions and activities. The person can also use the freewill to alter the ideals hold by another individual. The government plays an important role in the society as it is the main body of political reforms and policies. The main role of the government is imposing policies that aim to regulate different human activities. This runs in conflict on the ideals and perspectives of other members of society. This is the current state of most nations, the government tries to impose policies and regulations that some of the members of the society are against, in the end, conflict exists. The main concept of human equality is achieving equal treatment for different sets of individual regardless of their skin color and ethnicity. Equality in a society is not impossible as many countries are slowly alleviating discrimination and inequality.
Equality is an essential aspect of a society as it tries to accommodate the potentials and talents of all of its members. Equality can be best achieved through living harmoniously with all the members of the society and practicing unity and productive relationships. An ideal society is a man’s dream of a better world to live in. It is a concept of his or her own society where he or she will be bestowed a lot of benefits. It is impossible to establish an ideal society due to its subjective nature as people have different views and perspectives of what is better for them.
An ideal society may be an impossible dream for us but we can still live in a society that foster all our potentials and talents and develop us to be better individuals.Works CitedDavis, J.C. Utopia and the Ideal Society: A Study of English Utopian Writing 1516-1700.
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