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Imagine it utopia a remote cabin on the beach the kingship of a vast empire Nirvana Heaven the Happy Hunting Grounds paradise perfection What exactly is Utopia According to Webster it is 1 an imaginary and indefinitely remote place or 2 often capitalized a place of ideal perfection esp in laws government and social conditions Where is this perfect place Will my dog live forever there Will I never grow old If I never grow old there does that mean I never mature What if my idea of perfection differs from my neighbor there will it still be perfect for both of us Utopia is a nonexistent but absolutely perfect place as we can see from the beginning of the word in 1516 by Sir Thomas More More was one of Henry VIIIs main councilors He fell out of favor with the king when he did not sign a letter urging the pope to divorce Henry and Catherine He was imprisoned in the Tower of London because his going against the king was treason he was beheaded It is strange that a man with such a life and such an end was the creator of the perfect world as well as a commonly used word in our language In his writings utopia was a place of absolute perfection He described a poor king who cared more about the riches of his people than his own welfare much different than the dystopia that he lived his life in This utopia of More sounds very similar to that that Gonzalo speaks of in Shakespeares Tempest All things in common nature should produce without sweat or endeavor Treason felony Sword pike knife gun or need for any engine Would I not have but nature should bring forth of it own kind all foison all abundance to feed my innocent peopleShakespeare 334 There have been many attempted utopias One of these can be seen in the
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