Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Modern Utopia - Featured Author Review

book cover art for A Modern Utopia by H.G. Wells A Modern Utopia
by H.G. Wells
Genre: Classic, Nonfiction

     Wells has addressed quite a few of the problems with Utopia in this book. Some of his ideas have merit. But no matter the era, it is just impossible to make everyone happy all of the time. There will always be somebody somewhere who will find fault with something that another person feels is absolutely perfect.

     In the 19th century man was enthralled with the ideas of Utopia. Many writers theorized about how it could be obtained. Not just writers and philosophers were captivated with the idea of Utopia, architect Le Corbusier even designed buildings for his idea of the perfect Utopian city. At the time many people thought Utopia was attainable.

     In the 21st century man has given up on the theory of Utopia, seeing it only as a dreamer's fantasy. Mankind cannot curb their differences enough to live in peace and harmony as Utopias require. People's interests are too different. One man's Utopia is another man's hell. Many writers now describe dystopian worlds. The public not only thinks dystopia is possible, many would claim it is inevitable. Dystopian scenarios are not only plentiful, they are frighteningly credible. Civilization caves after politicians finally go too far with their creation of big government and the citizens revolt. The planet dies due to global warming and/or pollution. The military accidentally releases a deathly virus. A meteor wipes out most of the population much like it allegedly did to the dinosaurs. I think i would have rather lived in the 19th century, the future seemed so much brighter and happier back then.

I give it 3 star review graphic 3 stars.

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