Utopia by Thomas More
In a world where sheep have become blood-thirsty killers and “chicks recognize and follow human beings around as if they were their mothers” (More 55), anything seems possible! Welcome to Utopia, the land of ultimate perfection. It hardly sounds appealing after that description, huh? Thomas More’s novel is sure to capture your attention and provide some insight on the various odd traditions that the Utopians live by in their fictional world. More’s detailed 1516 exploration of the consequences of an ideal world exposes the dangers of seeking out perfection in life. These dangers are blown up on a large scale at the societal level, but there is a lot to learn for the eager individual hoping for a happier life! As it turns out, perfection is a sad, empty promise (disguised and wrapped up in a nice gift box, with a bow and everything). It comes with a steep price tag: reduced freedom, mundane predictability in everyday life, stagnant complacency in work, and a large handful of other unintended consequences. As the title Utopia implies, perfection is not even close to reality. And furthermore, it is unattainable in that it can’t be quantified. If ever you are feeling uninspired or unworthy, just pick up this book, escape into the Utopian world, and you will understand that there is beauty (and maybe even necessity) in imperfection.
Donald Trump: “I would recommend this book 100%. As your future President, I swear to you that any American who doesn’t read it is a fool.”