Friday, July 13, 2007

U-Topia or My-Topia (synchroblog)

many of us dream of utopias, but what of these dreams? i find the U in utopia something worth reflecting on. we all have our dreams of the perfect world, our utopia. what would your perfect world be? i can certainly offer some thoughts of the world i'd like to live in. but would this be my world, a me world, a my-topia? now i don't see myself as a selfish person, my dreams of utopia when i am honest or perhaps i should say responding to the deep levels of who i am, are not the dreams of personal gratification, though like all people i have those! but are my visions of the best for all really just that, MY dreams? i fear it may be so easy for my vision of our perfect world to be just that. indeed it is so easy for us to asume my-topia is your-topia is u-topia.

so how do we find u-topia, our-topia? i have two thoughts. the first relates to the 'u'. i suspect it begins when I strive not for My- topia but for U-topia, when my goal becomes building a dream world for 'u', when i look to build a world for others, for 'u'. but secondly where is the place i can escape my own weakness, my own self-vision? for me this lies in the vision of God. Jesus didn't come preaching church, or a religious system, or how to worship in a particular style; he came preaching the Kingdom of God, a true utopia. a vision of freedom for captives, sight for blind, good news for poor...this is u-topia, a vision i need beacuase mine will fall so far short. it reminds me i need God's spirit to make this true to inspire me to make my-topia u-topia

see others below

Steve Hayes at Notes from
the Underground

John Morehead at John
Morehead's Musings

Nudity, Innocence, and Christian Distopia at Phil Wyman's Square No More
Utopia Today: Living Above Consumerism at Be the Revolution
Nowhere Will Be Here at Igneous Quill
A This-Worldly Faith at Elizaphanian
Bridging the Gap at Calacirian
The Ostrich and the Utopian Myth at Decompressing Faith
Being Content in the Present at One Hand Clapping
Eternity in their Hearts by Tim Abbott
Relationship - The catch-22 of the Internet Utopia at Jeremiah's Blog
U-topia or My-topia? at On Earth as in Heaven
A SecondLife Utopia at Mike's

Mrs. Brown and the Kingdom of God at Eternal Echoes


David said...

well said. I think part of our problem (consumerism, see my synchro, can relate) is that we are all trying to create my-topia's and of course there going to clash.
How many other my-topia's would include goth music, sci-fi, baseball, and the theater?

Jeremiah said...

Dreams are cool. Whether awake or sleeping dreams, they can be a "language" that people can use to talk about God that folks outside "christianese" circles don't automatically filter out.

Good stuff.


Sally said...

Good post Steve- I guess we don't like to admit to our inate selfishness- and find it hard to admit that utopian dreams are probably my-topian!

Yes I too need Gods Spirit to guide and remind me to look outward not inward!

Steve Hayes said...

Hope you join the next Synchroblog as well!