The Dream of Utopia

I watched a thought-provoking video that tackled how capitalism exploits people and what we can do about it created by Chris and Dawn Agnos for Sustainable Human and narrated by Dr. Richard Wolff, an economics professor. Basically, it claims that capitalism is a “rigged” economic system designed to take from the poor and give it to the rich. It is a very compelling story, I must say, and I have no trouble swallowing all the allegations it raised against this particular system.

However, capitalism, socialism, communism and many other political and economic systems have, from my point of view, their own advantages and disadvantages. Not a one of them is perfect. History and current events can attest to that.

Stories of revolution in order to change the way a country is run are common in almost every generation. Does it ever change a thing? Many times, the history just repeats itself. People would fight for what we think are the “ills” of the society and the government in general. However, once seated in the position of power, the same people would lose sight of the vision they worked for…and either the same problem would occur or a new one is created resulting to discontent among the populace. Discontent that when pushed and fired up by parties with motives of their own might result in another revolution or war. Back to square one…same old story.

CHANGE is a strong word…powerful, actually. The majority of human beings scream for transformation. We would vote for the support of just about anybody who can smartly use this sentiment and charm us with his/her visions or dreams for a better world. Lovely, really. And the fervor we show in order to put such a personality in power is simply moving and adorable.

Still, when will we ever learn? WE CANNOT ANCHOR OUR HOPES FOR CHANGE TO POLITICIANS. They are as human as we are…as flawed as we are…and just as corruptible by greed as we are. They are nothing special; not superheroes; not magician.

When will we ever wake up? We have been made suckers of “needs” created and marketed to us by companies, big and small. We are always duped into thinking that what we have is not enough…what we are is not enough. We need this and that to make our lives better. We need this and that to look good. And the list of needs is just so endless and comprehensive that it covers every aspect of our lives. We covet what we do not have. And so, we devote our entire life working and chasing our desires…the things that we “think” will make us happy and satisfied. In the end, we become slaves of those presumed needs.

What is my point? Simple, really. I do not believe that by trading one system for another will result to utopia. Greed exists in any form of system; and for as long as this evil is there we can change from one system to another and then to the next but no reform will take place…not in a million or billion years.

If we want change, we need to start from within…not from without. We need to start from our own self…our way of thinking…the way we do things. If we want transformation in its real and truest form, well-meaning actions and cooperation must start from us.
Maybe we should learn to go back to the basics…and learn to appreciate moderation. Perhaps, we can be happy with less is more?

The Dream of Utopia

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19 Comments

  1. joshua santos joshua santos
    July 11, 2017    

    Arc 133 Non material

  2. Ced Mapuyan Ced Mapuyan
    July 12, 2017    

    Mapuyan, John Cedrick D. – ARC133 Non-Material

  3. Anneeka Rivamonte Anneeka Rivamonte
    July 12, 2017    

    Rivamonte, Anneeka Shane B./ARC 133/ Non Material

  4. jenalie osida jenalie osida
    July 13, 2017    

    jenalie osida-MAR142
    1. Implicit
    2. norms
    3. ” a garden of flowers”

  5. Doromel Layong Doromel Layong
    July 14, 2017    

    Layong, Doromel S.A (ARC-133)
    Non-Material

  6. Madel Olveda Madel Olveda
    July 15, 2017    

    Olveda, Madel P. (MAR142)
    1. Implicit
    2. Culture: Norms/Knowledge
    3. Different title: Picture of Reality

  7. Rhelee Casupanan Rhelee Casupanan
    July 15, 2017    

    Casupanan, Rhelee Mae (Mar142)
    1.) Implicit
    2.) Belief/Knowledge
    3.) Within the box

  8. Allie Bazar Benito Allie Bazar Benito
    July 16, 2017    

    Benito, Alimoding B. MAR142

    1. Implicit
    2. Knowledge/Norms
    3. “The Craft of Manipulation”

  9. Clarence Anne Bituin Clarence Anne Bituin
    July 17, 2017    

    Mar142
    1. Implicit
    2. Knowledge
    3. Be different

  10. Chiara Navarro Chiara Navarro
    July 18, 2017    

    JUANICO CHIARA M. MAR142
    1.IMPLICIT(NON MATERIAL
    2.NORMS
    3.no escape from reality

  11. Diana Solangon Diana Solangon
    July 18, 2017    

    Solangon, Diana G. – MAR 142

    1. Implicit
    2. Norms/Beliefs
    3. Veil

    #8

  12. Marian yaun Marian yaun
    July 18, 2017    

    Yaun, Marian Judith Mar-142
    1. Implicit
    2. Norms
    3. Change from within

  13. Madel Olveda Madel Olveda
    July 22, 2017    

    Madel P. Olveda (MAR142)
    Sociology MQ2
    Ethnocentrism- the author expresses her own belief on how we can reach utopia, for her it’s the better way to achieve it.

  14. Abigail De Jesus Labayne Abigail De Jesus Labayne
    July 22, 2017    

    Labayne, Abigail D.
    MAR 142
    Sociology MQ2
    Ethnocentrism- is judging another culture solely by the values and standards of one’s own culture.

  15. Rinzele Cantuba Rinzele Cantuba
    July 23, 2017    

    Cantuba, Ma. Rinzele L.
    MAR 141
    Sociology MQ2
    This article falls under ethnocentrism because it talks about the author’s perspective of utopia.

  16. Cherry Oane del Carmen Cherry Oane del Carmen
    July 23, 2017    

    Del Carmen, Cherry Ann
    ARC131
    Sociology MQ2
    ethnocentrism because it talks about a person’s preconception

  17. Nicole Parilla Nicole Parilla
    July 24, 2017    

    Parilla, Nicole Shandy M
    ARC 131
    Sociology MQ2
    Ethnocentrism

  18. eladarl gerdaine dait eladarl gerdaine dait
    August 2, 2017    

    Eladarl Gerdaine H. Dait
    SOCIO
    ARC 132
    ethnocentrism

  19. August 31, 2017    

    Dream for a change

    Cristina Asumbrado
    MAR141
    SOCSCI

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