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Knowledge Management, Spirituality

#KnowledgeAge 1 : Utopia

#KnowledgeAge 1 : Utopia, if it exists, may only exist in the balance one finds between the soul, the body, and the spirit.

Known as a community or society in which the people who inhabit it possess desirable and perfect qualities, Utopia has only been a place described in myths, tall tales, and stories. Plato describes such a place in his book Republic. As cited on Wikipedia,

“Part conversation, part fictional depiction, and part policy proposal, it proposes a categorization of citizens into a rigid class structure of “golden,” “silver,” “bronze” and “iron” socioeconomic classes. The golden citizens are trained in a rigorous 50-year long educational program to be benign oligarchs, the “philosopher-kings.” The wisdom of these rulers will supposedly eliminate poverty and deprivation through fairly distributed resources, though the details on how to do this are unclear. The educational program for the rulers is the central notion of the proposal.”

Other places where a sort of Utopian society could be read about include the Bible in several place from the Garden of Eden to Heaven on earth after Christ returns. You might even say that the Declaration of Independence includes Utopian language: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Most Utopian language seems to include language describing a higher power, the people who inhabit the society who are imbued with a certain substance that gives them certain Utopian qualities. These three areas just mentioned can be reduced to the essence of the spirit (regarding language of a higher power), the essence of the body (regarding the people who inhabit this society), and the essence of the soul (regarding the substance these people are imbued with).

We understand the soul is distinct from the body (Binet, 1907, p. 77) and the spirit (Hebrews 4:12 as cited by Meyers, 2014). Even so, Binet (1907) would have us believe that the body and the soul cannot exist without one another and that it is the soul that makes the body real (p. 189). Although they cannot exist without one another, the soul and the body are created separate from one another, and where the essence of the body is simply matter, the essence of the soul is thought (Binet, 1907, p. 193) – that is, as Plato’s version of Utopia centers on education so too does the soul; it is the seat of intelligence. We also understand that the spirit is life (Romans 8:10 as cited by Meyers, 2014).

This brings us to some simple definitions for the three parts of man: the soul (intelligence), the body (matter), and the spirit (life). Intelligence, our physical presence, and life are made possible through the associations of the soul, the body, and the spirit. If this association is significantly altered or destroyed it would be to our demise (Binet, 1907, p. 189).

So, it is through balance that we experience our own personal versions of Utopia.

References
Binet, Alfred (1907). The mind and the brain.
Meyers, R. (2014). E-Sword: The sword of the Lord with an electronic edge. Retrieved from http://www.e-sword.net/index.html
Utopia. (2014). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 01:36, February 9, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Utopia&oldid=593868588

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About Daryl Horton

I'm an information and knowledge manager specializing in creating and sustaining learning organizations in a chaotic and often complex environment. I'm also an artist at heart and I do a lot of creative writing.

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