What is your ideal society? Do you have a view? - The AIM Network (2022)

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I have a confession to make. I have posted some of the following words in a previous article. Probably more than once. But I do so this time within an atmosphere of change. We have been through a period I have named “The Luddite Period” and survived with the hope that a more empathetic, transparent and credible form of government might replace the ones of Howard, Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison. One that somehow encapsulates these words of Robert Kennedy.

“… the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages… It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom or our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.”

Even if you don’t give it much thought, somewhere in that part of your brain that provides this subject with consideration is a view of what you think a modern society should be.

My view of what a society is and how it should function is encapsulated in those short but exquisite words of Robert Kennedy. He counselled that it must be more than just an economy.

My ideal society is an assemblage of people who desire to express themselves in every human endeavour as a collective: A collective who has aspirations of conducting their humanity, labour, learning, aspirations, spirituality, art, poetry, play and exploration with the most extraordinary possible diversity and at the very centre of my society would be an empathy instilled in their learning – the common good would be at the centre of their politics regardless of ideology.

I mean, equality of opportunity for all would be enshrined in my constitution for the common good.

We judge art not by how it arrived on the canvas but by how it speaks once there.

My kind of society is one where one’s sexual preference or, indeed, one’s gender wouldn’t be the determinant by which one’s character is judged. One’s skin colour would say nothing about anyone except perhaps their geographical origins.

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My society would advance the individual’s right to pursue whatever they desire, including the pursuit of economic success, which would only be regulated by the principles of the common good and in consideration of everyone’s entitlement to an equitable share of society’s wealth.

People would be guaranteed freedom of expression, including the right to disagree but be reminded that debate is not necessarily about winning. It is an exchange of many thoughts, Facts, ideas and principles. All have a place. But when broken down, it is simply the art of persuasion.

In my enlightened society, the suggestion that we must legislate one’s right to hate another person would be considered intellectually barren. Free speech would have its limitations based on what serves the common good.

Education or rather the lack of it is, in the main, responsible for racism and should be taught as a subject in our schools.

Access to health and welfare would be assured and treatment guaranteed. Most importantly, the principle that we should treat others in the same manner, we expect them to treat us would be memorable in every citizen’s mind.

My society would have a healthy regard for science over myth and mysticism but simultaneously recognise that each individual has a right to express their individuality or spirituality. Everyone has a right to seek spirituality and practice it so long as it doesn’t harm others. Or so long as it doesn’t corrupt the aspirations of “commongoodism”.

Commitment to the use of critical reason, factual evidence, and scientific methods of inquiry, rather than faith and mysticism, is the best way of providing solutions to human problems.

Free speech’s original intent was to give the oppressed a voice and keep governments honest. If the commercial press instituted a code of conduct similar to the ABC and obeyed it, the government would grant it freedom. In the United States, the 1st Amendment is now used as a justification to incite racism, validate hatred, and promote religious and political bigotry.

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In a democracy, the government gives the people’s right to free speech. Therefore, it should be incumbent on everyone to display decorum, moderation, truth, fact, balance, reason, tolerance, civility and respect for the other point of view. Sadly, this seems to have been forgotten here and in the United States.

Will we ever grow intellectually to the point where we can discern and understand the potential for the good within us?

My society would be judged by its welcoming and treatment of its most vulnerable citizens, including the aged, the homeless, the poor, and those seeking asylum.

Accessibility to the law, regardless of stature or wealth, would be available to everyone.

Accepting change would be part of the very fabric of our existence. It would be a progressive society. One that wouldn’t resist change on the foolish assumption that we can make permanent that which makes us feel secure.

My ideal society would acknowledge that a democratic group mentality advances society better than dictatorial individuality. In democratic institutions, our herding instincts are realised by electing quality leaders to form the government.

A “fitness to serve” test would need to be passed by all parliamentarians. The function of Parliament would ensure that experts in various areas assist in our Parliament’s deliberations.

Individual or collective ambition would be encouraged within a social structure built and controlled by an accord with the government.

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If we live in a democracy, then it must be the elected officials that decide and regulates society’s advancement and who provide the environment in which to do so. Private enterprises cannot advance without the assistance of facilities provided by the government.

Therefore, every parliamentarian must abide by the principles of a robust constitution independently conceived by the people and a bill of rights under a newly formed republic.

People who disagree with the “common good” society say that it would have to be very ordered and would unlikely work in the United States, for example, where governance structures differ from state to state.

However, in metropolitan areas, governance already consists of overlapping authority jurisdictions and duplication of function.

Brian Kogelman, writing for the Philosophy page “Thinking Small about the Ideal Society” says:

“Disagreement over how our schools should be run, whether we ought to be able to own guns, or whether we ought to be able to smoke marijuana need not result in winners and losers in the political process. In a polycentric governance structure, different political units can cater to diverse individual preferences. Instead of living in constant strife with one another, polycentricity allows us to live better together by, essentially, allowing us to live more apart.”

I fervently hope that the election of Anthony Albanese will change how we are governed and, by extension, our way of life.

In the recipe of an ideal society, there are many ingredients. None more so than the values we pass on.

My thought for the day

Ask yourself: Does the democracy we have make you feel good about your country?

PS Your thoughts on an ideal society, please.

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FAQs

What is your ideal society? ›

An ideal society can be defined as a society where every individual is self content and lives a healthy and peaceful life. A society, to be termed as ideal, needs to fulfill certain criteria.

Is the goal or the ideal of a society in which everyone is equal answer? ›

Egalitarianism is a philosophy based on equality, namely that all people are equal and deserve equal treatment in all things. As an idea, it can be looked at in terms of its implications for individuals in both an economic and legal capacity.

How can we have a better society? ›

7 Ways to Make the World a Better Place
  1. Volunteer your time at local schools. Whether you have a school-age child or not, children are the future of this world. ...
  2. Recognize the humanity of other people, and respect their dignity. ...
  3. Use less paper. ...
  4. Drive less. ...
  5. Conserve water. ...
  6. Donate to clean water charities. ...
  7. Be generous.

What are the features of an ideal society? ›

Overall, economic prosperity, mutual respect, and equality are what constitute an ideal society or utopia. While the notion of society can be defined as a group of people that share the same territory, the concept of a perfect society can differ for each person.

What is an ideal society or nation? ›

An ideal society rests on the premise of having representative leaders governing a responsible citizenry under just laws. In an ideal society, these representative leaders will be men and women of integrity, whose noble aim is to serve the public interest over and above any thought of personal gain.

How do you make an ideal community? ›

Positive communities may differ in what they encourage, but overall, ten characteristics tend to make for a successful community.
  1. Common goals. ...
  2. Freedom of expression. ...
  3. Address member concerns with sensitivity. ...
  4. Set clear policies and obligations. ...
  5. Fairness. ...
  6. Celebrate heritage and traditions. ...
  7. Promote interaction among members.
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Why we need equality in our society? ›

Equality is about ensuring that every individual has an equal opportunity to make the most of their lives and talents. It is also the belief that no one should have poorer life chances because of the way they were born, where they come from, what they believe, or whether they have a disability.

What is social equality short answer? ›

Social equality is a state of affairs in which all individuals within a specific society have equal rights, liberties, and status, possibly including civil rights, freedom of expression, autonomy, and equal access to certain public goods and social services.

What makes a society a society? ›

According to sociologists, a society is a group of people with common territory, interaction, and culture. Social groups consist of two or more people who interact and identify with one another. Territory: Most countries have formal boundaries and territory that the world recognizes as theirs.

What is a good society called? ›

Noun. Fashionable elite. beau monde. society.

What are the three most important qualities characteristics of an ideal society and why are these most important? ›

My utopian society consists of three important characteristics, these characteristics are: justice (equality), economic security, and world peace. These characteristics are essential to creating my ideal society.

What do you think is the most important element for building a perfect society how can people achieve this goal? ›

Firstly, social value and social bonding among people is the most important aspect of a perfect society. In a society where people have a strong bonding and obey the social norms tend to lead a better life. Society is formed with many families.

What makes a successful society? ›

Successful societies are those that create conditions that lead to better health, well-being and resilience for individuals and communities. The program aims to identify the cultural and social frameworks that put societies on a path toward greater and more equitable prosperity.

What makes an ideal world? ›

An ideal world would be a much more friendly, helping environment compared to today's society. In the world today, all individuals have the tendency to be rude, judgmental, competitive, and hostile, just for some examples. In an ideal world, the majority of these tendencies would not exist.

What is the ideal society described by more in Utopia? ›

Like Plato's Republic, More's Utopia is the creation of a well-meaning member of the upper classes with a plan, rather than the live-for-the-moment dream of a peasant or worker. In Utopia, private property is abolished. “There is nothing within the houses that is private or any man's own,” writes More.

What would a utopian society look like? ›

Characteristics of a Utopian Society

Citizens have no fear of the outside world. Citizens live in a harmonious state. The natural world is embraced and revered. Citizens embrace social and moral ideals.

What does an ideal community mean to you? ›

An ideal community is a group of people who live in a specific geographical area, and share mutual standards, opportunities, resources...etc, and is ruled by rules and laws that balance out the relationship between citizens in the community.

Why do we need to live in an ideal community? ›

Having a sense of community unites us. Being a part of a community can make us feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves. It can give us opportunities to connect with people, to reach for our goals, and makes us feel safe and secure. It's important for every person to have a sense of community.

How can you practice your role to help your community an ideal one? ›

Ways to Help Your Community
  1. Volunteer. Participating in volunteering activities is one of the most fulfilling ways to help the community. ...
  2. Clean Up Your Neighborhood. By picking up trash and doing some yard work, you can make your area a more pleasant place to live. ...
  3. Help Your Neighbors. ...
  4. Donate Stuff. ...
  5. Money Donations.

How can we maintain equality in our society? ›

Here are some examples of actions you could take:
  1. Join community meetings. Take the floor when issues that concern equality and discrimination are discussed or bring them into discussion. ...
  2. Teach children and adults. ...
  3. Organise an event. ...
  4. Support your neighbourhood. ...
  5. Create a community newsletter. ...
  6. Support local organizations.

What is social equity in your own words? ›

Social equity is impartiality, fairness and justice for all people in social policy. Social equity takes into account systemic inequalities to ensure everyone in a community has access to the same opportunities and outcomes.

What is an example of equality in society? ›

Equality - Key Terms & Types
Equality TypesExplanations/Examples
Socialequal opportunity for all; jobs, club memberships and promotions
Politicalaccess to the same processes and opportunities; the right to vote or run for a political office
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What is equality types of equality and describe equality by the help of Constitution? ›

In the political thought, equality is described that all human beings are equal, and equality in distribution, namely equal distribution of wealth, social opportunities and political power. There are different types of equality such as political, social, legal, natural, and economic equality.

What is the meaning of the term social equality class 7? ›

This means that every individual in the country irrespective of his/her caste, religion, educational and economic backgrounds is recognised as equal.

What is social equality Brainly? ›

Social equality is a state of affairs in which all people within a specific society or isolated group have the same status in certain respects, often including civil rights, freedom of speech, property rights, and equal access to social goods and services.

What is society Short answer? ›

Answer: A society is a group of people participating in continuous social connection, or a broad social group occupying the same social or spatial territory, normally exposed to the same political power and cultural standards that are dominant.

What type of society do we live in today? ›

The U.S. is a very specific type of capitalism. The following are some of the salient characteristics of the variety of capitalism in Contemporary American society.

What are some examples of society? ›

Examples of societies include agrarian societies, hunting and gathering societies, and industrial societies. Agrarian societies are formed by individuals who produce and maintain agricultural products. An agrarian society can also be depicted by how a country thrives in agricultural production.

What is Vivekananda ideal society? ›

He. The ideal society would be the one which would synthesize the Indian idea of spiritual integrity and the western idea of social progress.

What makes a society a society? ›

According to sociologists, a society is a group of people with common territory, interaction, and culture. Social groups consist of two or more people who interact and identify with one another. Territory: Most countries have formal boundaries and territory that the world recognizes as theirs.

What is the types of society? ›

There are three main types of society: early, developing, and advanced societies. Early societies included hunter-gatherer and pastoral societies. Developing societies are horticultural and agricultural societies. Advanced societies are industrial and post-industrial.

What is the ideal society described by more in utopia? ›

Like Plato's Republic, More's Utopia is the creation of a well-meaning member of the upper classes with a plan, rather than the live-for-the-moment dream of a peasant or worker. In Utopia, private property is abolished. “There is nothing within the houses that is private or any man's own,” writes More.

How did Swami Vivekananda bring a change in society? ›

Vivekananda wanted an overall development of India and the eradication of poverty and degeneration of the people. He was an opponent of aristocracy and feudalism. He pleaded for bridging the gap between the rich and the poor. For that purpose, he wanted to awaken the toiling masses of the country.

What is Swami Vivekananda grateful for? ›

“Be Grateful to the Man you help, think of Him as God. Is it not a great privilege to be allowed to worship God by helping our fellow men?”

What is Swami Vivekananda education? ›

Swami Vivekananda

What is society in your own words? ›

: an enduring and cooperating social group whose members have developed organized patterns of relationships through interaction with one another. : a community, nation, or broad grouping of people having common traditions, institutions, and collective activities and interests.

What is society Short answer? ›

Answer: A society is a group of people participating in continuous social connection, or a broad social group occupying the same social or spatial territory, normally exposed to the same political power and cultural standards that are dominant.

What type of society do we live in today? ›

The U.S. is a very specific type of capitalism. The following are some of the salient characteristics of the variety of capitalism in Contemporary American society.

What are 5 examples of society? ›

  • Hunting-Gathering societies.
  • Horticultural societies.
  • Agrarian societies.
  • Industrial societies.
  • Post-industrial societies.

What are some examples of society? ›

Examples of societies include agrarian societies, hunting and gathering societies, and industrial societies. Agrarian societies are formed by individuals who produce and maintain agricultural products. An agrarian society can also be depicted by how a country thrives in agricultural production.

Why is the society important? ›

The ultimate goal of society is to promote good and happy life for its individuals. It creates conditions and opportunities for the all round development of individual personality. Society ensures harmony and cooperation among individuals in spite of their occasional conflicts and tensions.

What are the 3 great ideals that can establish a utopia? ›

Ethics, morality, and religion play a vital role in not only the development of actual utopian communities, but in many of the most famous works of utopian literature.

How do you make a utopian society? ›

Characteristics of a Utopian Society

Citizens have no fear of the outside world. Citizens live in a harmonious state. The natural world is embraced and revered. Citizens embrace social and moral ideals.

Is it possible to have a utopian society? ›

Utopias will never happen, no matter how hard people try. Before we get into why utopias are difficult to achieve, it is necessary to understand what a utopia is. People think of paradise when they hear the word utopia. One of the meanings of utopia is a faraway imaginary site.

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