The Flaws of Perfection

To what extent can a utopian society exist?

We are not Perfect

The human race is immature and young as a whole. People are like teenagers, fighting ourselves and making mountains out of molehills.

The human race makes mistakes. People cannot create something perfect unless they are perfect themselves. As evidenced in books and movies, like 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, even small things can go wrong to make the community imperfect.
A perfect utopia cannot exist, because everyone is different; one person's utopia can be another's dystopia.

Utopia cannot exist as long as people disagree.

For example, in 1984 there is rebellion which shows people disagree on how to make society perfect. Orwell shows this when he said, "He engaged in

counter-revolutionary activities" (Orwell 8). This shows the point that perfection cannot exist if people disagree, because people don't see eye to eye on what is perfect and just.

Even if the truth about perfection is hidden so everyone thinks we are the same, there are still questions people will want answered.

The Questioning

Montag is questioning the truth about books when he says, "We can't burn these. I want to look at them, at least look at them once. Then if what the captain says is true, we'll burn them together" (Bradbury 63). Montag thinks his society is perfect until he comes to realize he needs to ask questions, and he does. He wants and needs to know the truth about books.


The fact that humans need to ask questions and disagree shows humankind is not ready for a utopian society. To create perfection, however, everyone must be perfect, which the human body is not meant to be. To be perfect there would need to be a non-human part of us. As the global society evolves, some sort of utopia may be achieved.
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