There is the myth of Utopia as an ideal society. One definition for the word easily found in a Google search is, “an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect.”

The 1516 book by Thomas More that launched this concept doesn’t really describe a society most people in today’s modern world would want to live in.

Women aren’t treated equally, “premarital sex [is] punished by a lifetime of enforced celibacy and adultery [is] punished by enslavement,” slavery is prevalent (with most households having two slaves), and, while tolerance for other religious believers exists, nonbelievers are despised.

These are just some of the highlights.


“Privacy is not regarded as freedom in Utopia; taverns, ale-houses and places for private gatherings are non-existent for the effect of keeping all men in full view, so that they are obliged to behave well.”