Dear Friends, perhaps we Utopians should NOT try to change the world because that appears to be a complete impossibility. Instead, initially perhaps, we should turn our backs to it (as the photograph shows). We can do this by rejecting materialism, capitalism, war-mongering and the whole me-first philosophy!
Perhaps the most important challenge is for Utopians to find and develop a simple, semi-communal way to live, one that is peaceful, that threatens no one, that is in harmony with the natural world, that embodies genuine love and caring for family and friends as well as those less well off than ourselves, that rejects greed, violence, depravity, false beliefs, etc. After all, if we can't find any real answers for ourselves how can we convince others of the worth of our position?
Once such a personal solution is achieved, in itself a very large challenge, then surely others will notice our peace and joy and envy it and perhaps begin to question their own lifestyles. Perhaps this is the way the UTOPIAN MOVEMENT will get going, not through massive collective action and marches and advertising but through individual actions by a few people at a local level in each country snowballing.
During the establishment period the internet is a great way for us to help each other through the rough patches, to share our problems, to suggest solutions, give encouragement and to spread the word that there is a better way, one based upon co-operation and sharing and selflessness.
Once we find the solution for ourselves then we can operate from a position of strength and conviction!
I would value your input. Remember, I too am feeling my way!
P.S. By semi-communal I don't mean setting up a hippie colony or trying to copy the Amish! I mean the development of communities or groups within larger communities where folk happily work together both to enhance their local community and to provide most of its physical and emotional needs.
Update: 20/9/2007. I've made some minor changes to the Utopian Movement Principles in the sidebar. Your feedback on them would be appreciated.