Message no. 652[Branch from no. 637] Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on Sunday, March 18, 2007 6:05pm Subject: Using your midterm eutopias for full term development
My fellow crewmates on spaceship earth:
This is exactly what I hoped would happen -- you guys can begin to use your own concepts of a eutopian environment to now reinterpret the data and insights you are getting from the book, and your relational summaries now become support for what start out as fantasy ideas.
In this way, you can make your "perfect society" real -- very real -- because you are backing up what began as a flight of fancy with hard data!
Notice how Pat's relational summary this time enriches, deepens and matures what she presented in her powerpoint. Isn't it marvelous how, backed up by the book and the websites she has chosen, it all seems to suddenly be much more serious and possible?
If you guys do this for the rest of the semester -- deepening your eutopia with the ideas you gain from the book and our discussions and your explorations of other sources -- by the end of the class we will have some very good contenders for proposals that you can take all the way to the White House!
Nobody will ever be able to say "oh, you are such a dreamer! Making the world better, or making it the way you want it to be is impossible - just deal with the world as it is, and learn to cope!"
No! Now you can arm yourselves with tools to carve out your eutopian niche and start to make it real!
I won't restrict you to making all your post-midterm relational summaries tie to your eutopias, but I half suspect that when all is said and done you will find that your prime pursuit in this course (and in this life!) is to find a way to persuade the rest of the world that the environments you want most to live in should get a chance to exist, and that they can be realized. Isn't that what human beings have been doing since we first discovered fire and realized we didn't have to huddle wet and cold in our caves fearing the outside world? Once we invented language we began to communicate each and every discovery we made for making life more comfortable, until we beat back the shadows and the fear and began to climb toward the stars!
Go for it! Create your eutopias and then refine them, support them, elaborate them, embrace them, and convince us all that there is a better way!
Great work! Can't wait to see what the rest of you come up with!
A very pleased and hopeful eutopian