To this day, I can still remember a class discussion about Candide during my University days. Our Professor asked us to define utopia, and we all over-complicated it. 🙂 He briefly stated that utopia is “un lieu sans lieu” (a place without a place) and we all felt a bit sheepish. That definition started showing me some of the perils of my overthinking ways, so I’m still grateful to Professor Maleuvre.
Today, here are some other thoughts on Utopia:
“Utopia is that which is in contradiction with reality.” – Albert Camus
“Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.” – Helen Keller
“All paradises, all utopias, are designed by who is not there, by the people who are not allowed in.” – Toni Morrison
“Whoever tries to imagine perfection simply reveals his own emptiness.” – George Orwell
“Every dystopia is a utopia for somebody else.” – Ken Liu
Blessings to you all.