NO PLACE. . .OR THE BEST PLACE?
Thomas More, the sixteenth century English writer, statesman, and saint, coined the term “utopia” as a delightful Greek pun. His book Utopia describes an imaginary island that may be “no place” (in Greek: “ou”-no; “topos”-place), but the name of the island could also mean “eu-topia,” or “the best place.” We human beings have always enjoyed imagining perfect societies. We seem to like imagining societies that reflect a “worst-case scenario,” too. Perhaps we just enjoy making up imaginary worlds of all sorts, and hearing about them, and play-acting them. It seems we always have.
1. an imaginary island described in Sir Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) as enjoying perfection in law, politics, etc.
2. ( usually lowercase ) an ideal place or state.
3. ( usually lowercase ) any visionary system of political or social perfection.
Source: Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 05 Jan. 2011.
“imaginary bad place,” 1868, in writings of J.S. Mill, from Gk. dys- ”bad, abnormal, difficult” (see dys-) + utopia.
Source: Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. 05 Jan. 2011.
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