Utopian ideas

..off the shelf

Posted by Eoin Connaughton on Jan 22, 2018

"It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope"   Ursula K Le Guin

Does not having lots of stuff (i.e. possessions) make us freer and happier? Is a minimalist world without possessions a bleak place? Ownership of ideas was certainly an issue for Shevek - the central character in Le Guin's Dispossessed - and recognition of achievements. 

The Dispossessed was recommended to me by Darren Webb following his enjoyable presentation entitled: 'The need for Utopian Thinking now'. The event took place at DINA on Cambridge Street as part of the 'Off the Shelf' festival last year.

It was an enjoyable read and resonated on a number of levels, particularly Shevek's struggles to express his ideas (they either came thick and fast or not at all), also the individual and the group and how they relate to each other.

It was dense and wordy (I thought 'propertarian' was a good one) but not difficult to read. My immediate feeling on finishing the book was that I should read it again.

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