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In Thomas Mores book Utopia there is a great deal of irony in the waythe people of this mystical place live and prosper Much of what the people oftodays society assume to be universal truths of life are completely oppositefrom the Utopian perspective of the way things should be done Some of thesedifferences include the way they protect themselves from other nations theireconomy their system of land rights and the nature of their relationships andmarriages In all of these areas Utopians differ greatly from the norm ofwestern society These differences serve as a commentary on the world whichwesterns take for granted In the book Utopia More uses irony to demonstratesome of the positive and negative aspects of western society In comparison with the ways of the western world where vast amounts ofthe tax money is spent on the protection of the nations in terms of weapons andtraining of armies the Utopians have a much different system of nationprotection Rather than fight themselves they hire mercenaries to do theirbattling for them It is a very strange policy to adopt and history has shownthat this is not the most effective way to protect a nation Their stand on theissue is that these soldiers are all out for money and since the gold andsilver which they possess in vast amounts is available they have nothing toworry about This is truly an ideal way of life but the reality is that nomercenary will fight as hard as a man who is protection his homeland Anyperson would agree that paying someone else to go to war for them would begreat but this is not the way life works and More is making this observationAnother area where the people of Utopia differ greatly form the way ofthe western world is the way in which the land rights are controlled The basicideas of property ownership are unheard of to the people of Utopia All of theland is owned jointly and the entire
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