“I am Aleks, 54. Born and raised in the Soviet Union, now I’m living in The Netherlands for 15 years already. I’ve been raised as a Christian, technically trained. I think that’s enough.
A utopia, as in a classic utopia, is described in the 16th century in a book of Thomas Moore. Utopia in itself is a kind of fantasy, an impossible reality, something… a goal, you can call it like that. The first utopia was actually described in the Bible, Heaven. Everyone was equal, people befriended animals, et cetera, et cetera. The next utopia as developed from Thomas Moore was the concept of communism. Everybody is equal, he works to his liking and he gets to his liking. So that’s the classical understanding of an utopia, I can’t say anything more about that. It’s all described in encyclopedias or Wikipedia or things like that.
For me, an utopia is basically the same as based on the idea that people are equal, that there’s a classless society. If you go to a hospital’s maternity ward, you can’t know which baby is the son of a billionair and who is the sun of the poorest person. Everybody is born equal, the differences start to develop when they start to grow. So from birth everybody is equal, and in an utopia people stay that way. OK, somebody becomes stronger, somebody becomes smarter, but you can use every person. So for me, an utopia is one world that is not divided by the rich and poor, because every person has the right to a normal life. But this person also has to get an opportunity to a normal life. If someone is really good at digging soil, he has to get enough resourses to lead a normal life. Just like someone who can fly to space really well, so that’s an utopia for me.
I won’t say I’m doing something to achieve this utopia, I’m doing things that make the world a better place in my understanding. When I was young, I lived in an other country, which was way closer to an utopia than for instance here, in the capitalist world. Here, everything’s about money. This is the ideal over here. We had different ideals, in our society. For us, family was most important. Then it’s your friends, and money was just a tool to do favours to your family and friends. When I was young I tried to keep things like this, like I said before, I’m highly educated, not only in the technical field, so I tried to contact people from the government. Even over here I contacted party members a couple times and have sent them my advises. But of course, my opinion is very different from the capitalist opinion. In example, the socialist party. They are against the current liberal system, but even they aren’t really thinking in a socialistic way. Socialism is one of the closest things to an utopia, people are equal and have equal possibilities. They do what they can for society, and they get back whatever they want.
Of course I believe that there’s a place for everyone in my utopia, or in an utopia in general. In the entire world, even in the capitalistic system, there’s room for everyone. But also there are different kinds of capitalists, one of my examples I always bring up is Henry Ford. To me, he is the ideal capitalist. I’ve read his book, it was about 30 years ago, still in the Soviet Union. So to say, even in a communist country the book of Henry Ford was published. In example, he said, “I’ve got work for everybody”. In his factory there were people employed with only one leg or one hand, or blinds, or deaf. He said that even blind people worked for him. Everyone has a place in society. If people can’t work because of a certain illness or of old age, you can’t just throw them away. No, you’ve got to take care for those people. That’s society.”