Good place is no place
What place does utopia have in 2017? It is now half a millennium since the word was invented by Thomas More as the name of his imaginary island, located in the New World and visited by the Portuguese sailor Raphael Hythloday, who describes it, in conversation with a fictitious Thomas More, as an exemplary society. Utopia, as More coined it, means “no-place”, the prefix ou in ancient Greek connoting negation, and also “good place”, eu suggesting “well” or “good”. Utopia is nowhere, and if utopian societies can be said to have any defining characteristics, then a lack of existence in the real world is probably one of them…..