Why are utopias impossible to achieve?Why are utopias impossible to achieve?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In my opinion, utopias are impossible because of human nature.  A utopia is a place in which somehow all problems have been done away with.  It is a place where everyone can live a life that is pretty much perfect.  People have tried to construct utopias on Earth via religious communities or via ideologies like communism.  These have failed because (in my opinion) of human nature.

I believe that human beings are just naturally selfish and greedy to some extent.  There is no way to construct a society that will keep people from acting in these ways.  Because people will inevitably act in these ways, conflicts will arise (for example, when a person or family feels they are being treated unfairly) and utopia will be impossible to achieve.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Utopias are impossible to achieve because things can never be perfect. Utopias try to reorganize society to correct what they see is wrong with the way we live. There are reasons for some of those, however. Our world is not perfect because it makes compromises. There is no way to make everyone happy, and that is why Utopias fail.