I’ve been trying to get to see the movie Lost Horizon with Mary for a while. When we were together in the US, we tried to watch it on Netflix, but couldn’t get it to work all that great from the online stream. I had seen it again recently and really loved the concepts involved and how Shangri La can be viewed as both a physical place or a place within our minds, our beliefs, or our hopes of something better than the world is currently. Then I forgot about that and never posted it.
Sooooo, what should happen today as I was looking for photos for Facebook’s “Doppelganger Week” (since Mary looks just like Jane Wyatt in Lost Horizon)? I found a really great blog post celebrating Ronald Colman’s films, including Lost Horizon. In that blog, Shangri La was seemingly implied to be a sort of silly, Pollyanna idea and that the world has “realistically” shown itself to be dangerous and any version of utopia therefore completely unattainable.
utopia (a. often Utopia: An ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects. b. A work of fiction describing a utopia c. An impractical, idealistic scheme for social and political reform.)
In the near future, I will be writing a historical/philosophical manifesto to support the idea that, while described as “fiction” and “impractical”, Utopia is, in fact, an INEVITABLE outcome of human society, provided we manage to not destroy ourselves on the path.
Until then, this blog will explore the concept of Utopia and what it means from a physical and a psychological/philosophical standpoint at this moment in history.
More to come….