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Desire versus Social Organization in Mores Utopia Social organization in the imaginary community described by Hythloday in Thomas Mores Utopia is highly structured around certain basic principles that allow the society to function as a working unit Many of these fundamental rules focus on communal life in Utopia promoting shared property minimal law enforcement trust and honesty while downplaying notions of luxury and finance More contends that the Utopians according to nature should lead a life as free of anxiety and as full of joy as possible and to help all ones fellow men toward that end Desire the driving force that motivates all human behavior is overlooked in this equation More recognizes this briefly asking If such a life is good and we are supposed indeed obliged to help others to it why shouldnt we first seek all of it for ourselves to whom we owe no less charity than anyone else pg 51 Desire a central element of the human psyche would complicate these basic principles by introducing notions of greed competition and crime into the society that works to suppress these social ills into submission The very foundations of Hythlodays social order rest upon maintenance of the underlying psychology of the rules of the society the introduction of desire into the community undermines the reasoning behind these principles resulting in the inability of the society to function in its described state Desire in all of its forms is a prominent component of the human condition People always are trying to better their lot in life be it through individual improvement or the construction of wealth More recognizes that their communal living and their moneyless economy is undeniably the one thing alone that takes away all the nobility magnificence splendor and majesty which are considered the true ornaments of any nation pg 84 For Hythlodays communistic society to work desire must be placed into submission Desire encourages the idea of bettering
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