Take your Utopia, and look at where it will fail. Dystopia is in the details.

How to find write own Dystopia.

All of us have some idea of what Utopia will be. For some, it is ultimate equality. For others, free access to information, the elimination of censorship, and for the doe-eyed bikinis who strut down a state that pretends it gives a shit about what happens between your ears, it’s “world peace”. John Lennon’s rainbow flavored hit “Imagine” can give you any grocery list of these feel-good, open hearted thoughts.

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Now, with your unicorn world in your head, think of what it would take to make it come about. Think of what work it would take to make your personal warm-fuzzy world a reality.

Ultimate equality means people with alternative talents would need to be brought down to the lowest common denominator (hence, Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron). Free access to information means the elimination of privacy – so everyone could find out if you cheated on your last girlfriend, had a misdemeanor as an adolescent, had an alcoholic for a father, or curiously looked up “furries” and “My Little Pony porn” during a raucous night with friends (you pervert).

Ah, and my favorite, world-mother fucking-peace. We can do that be eliminating oil, technology, economies. Let’s face it, most wars aren’t motivated by hatred, diplomats, or even racism. It’s economics. So, what would your solution be? Designating all regions of the globe to grow a single crop, and create a single product and to limit the development of their industry? For the sake of the peace, eliminating innovation and competition, poverty, wealth. Installing full-blown Sovietic economic regions and a uniform wages regardless of work or contribution? Of course, the propaganda necessary to keep up people’s false sense of happiness in having zero choices in their life would also take quite a bit of effort and conspiracy, but I digress…

If you have such ideas, then think of what that world would really be. Consider human nature, desires, and genetics. But impose your perfect world uniformly, regardless. In there, you’ll find your dystopia.

And it’ll be more likely, and at least more interesting, than world peace.

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