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Utopian Dreams Come True
Introduction - Crusader Hillis
Julie Peters is transgendered; she made her most important childhood
dream come true; she became a woman; now she believes she can make all
her dreams come true.
Presentation start here - Julie Peters
What is it we all want? Utopia of course! And utopia is useless if it
happens in 50 years time; we want it now!, so we can enjoy it.
We all want utopia; so why don't we have it?
Well for a start we can't agree on what Utopia is; we all want
different Utopia. My utopia is very different to those of Pauline
Hanson or Bill Gates.
The Economic Rationalist Utopia is to exponentially increase profits,
reduce wages, dis-empower governments; not acknowledge greenhouse gas
emissions nor the addictivness of smoking nor the depletion of oil;
and to not accept any responsibility for the environment nor social
The Catholic Utopia is very simple - to have all people of the earth
There are some environmentalists who'd like to reverse
evolution; to bring back the species made extinct and to reduce the human
population to pre-industrialisation levels.
I'm starting to think that I need to add - "the coexistence of diverse
and even incompatible utopias" - to my utopia.
But I'd like evoke one of the great utopian philosophers of our time -
For Max, utopia is the forces of niceness and goodness defeating the
evil reign of Kaos. So let's examine Max's utopia more closely.
Niceness and goodness?
Well yes? - I can interpret niceness and goodness as - Social Justice,
reconciliation; support, life education and empowerment for all; not
blaming the victim, animal liberation and nurturing Mother Earth.
But Maxwell Smart devoted his life to fighting evil; yes I can agree
with that. So often have we seen false argument used to prop up an
So many hideous examples to choose from - where do I start.
When whites invaded Australia, they had plenty of intellectual
bullshit and pseudo-scientific "race" science that told them that
Aboriginal Australians were lower order creatures, who did not farm
like they did and so the land was un-utilised and so empty - this
terra nullius lie made them feel a lot better about their theft, rape
and genocide and this continued as the "White Australia Policy". And this
racism is still very much at work in conservative politics today.
Another example - The "so called scientific" eugenic experiments of
the US and Germany in the 1930s; which, surprise surprise, conveniently
proved that blacks, queers, Jews and gypsies were of lower value than
themselves and so it was wise to sterilize and/or eliminate them.
Today we have "economic rationalists" who have convinced our media
that anything of value can be measured by their economic model - funny
how they seem to be getting richer and everyone else seems to be
But I'm not an anti-intellectualist - I just don't want "rationalism"
abused. There are some very clever people out there; con-men who look
for "pseudo-intellectual" mumbo jumbo to feather their own nests. We
need to call their bluff.
Now back to Max; he also devoted his life to fighting Kaos. Sometimes
we feel we want a comfortable life free from chaos. But a world devoid
of chaos is sheer fantasy; an unrealistic over simplification of the
One of the big advances in last century's science was "chaos
theory". We know that science and logic can't explain everything;
logic only works up to a certain level of complexity - great for
building bridges. But when things get complicated - such as when we
are dealing with people's problems and political issues - we need the
very advanced skills of probabilistic logic - better know as
We are very priveliged living in Melbourne; we have a very deeply ingrained
sense of chaos theory at work - our weather systems.
So in my utopia we don't try to fight nature and eliminate chaos -
like Maxwell Smart did - we acknowledge chaos and we learn to thrive on
it. Chaos generates the change which allows us to evolve.
Many people criticise Utopians as being impractical; but our cultural
imagination isn't that good; running water, electricity and the
telephone were utopian dreams not long ago; we need to realise that we
aren't that imaginative; most of our dreams are fairly easily
achieved; but we need to have the mind-set of many tribal cultures
that says "dream it - then do it".
I'd like to share with you a dream of mine.
I dream of justice and no child in hunger
I dream of rich soils, pure air and clean water
A world with no greed nor violence nor fear
Where all and every are fed, bedded, housed
well led and well read.
Blue fluffy white clouded skies
Leafy, red and yellow flowered trees
Vivacious, wavy blue green seas
Passionate trust, new ideas
Dissident views, listen, debate and change ...
So dream with me dreams of incredible worlds
We'll redraw the map to show all Utopia
Set sail for her shores and grow strong and
Then dream dream to make these dreams come
true and do
And climb the high hill and see New dreams of
Again redraw the map to show all Utopia
Set sail for newer shores and grow strong and
Then dream Oh dream
... to make these dreams come true
...... and do
.......... really do!
Utopia! - Now!