01 January 2006

Utopia--I'll Make My Own, Thanks

Singularity News Blog has an article quoting from Nick Bostrom's 'Letter from Utopia'. "There is a beauty and joy here that you cannot fathom. It feels so good that if the sensation were translated into tears of gratitude, rivers would overflow. I wish I could elaborate but language abandons me."

Is he just talking about pleasure, the secret ingredient for a more fulfilling life? No, more. Joy, beauty, pleasure, love . . . These are some of the ingredients of Utopia, not exactly a place or time, but then you should read Nick's letter to get a better feeling for the thing. It almost reads like an invitation from a next level human to between levels.

Every time governments or ideologues try to create utopia, they end up creating hell. True Utopia lies through a door that must be crossed by one person at a time. Each person has to make himself ready for the crossing. Not a casual choice, no, not at all.

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