Since humankind crawled out of the caves and
established civilizations, we have
struggled to create the perfect societies and communities. In a
real sense, human history is the search for the elusive utopian
dream. Each society has sought to create for itself the perfect
society in which to live.
The word utopia originates from the Greek. The
root "topos" means land and the prefix "u" is a negative prefix.
Thus utopia literally means "no-land." The ancient Greeks
understood the fallacy of a perfect society in an imperfect
world. Nevertheless, we as a human species have tried to
established the impossible.
The novels Brave New World and 1984
are dystopias. Huxley and Orwell knew that perfect societies
could not exist, and they warn us that the attempts to establish
perfect societies could lead to our worst nightmare.