Suman Mahmood February 12, 2017ENGL 191 AAn Ideal UtopiaIn its rawest form, a utopian society is ideal. Utopias promote education, equality, and peace; while simultaneously ending war, hatred, and discrimination. Although utopias might promote listlessness from its too perfect nature, there is no doubt that one would choose a ‘boring’ utopia over an exciting, yet unsatisfactory lifestyle any day. Nonetheless, Arthur C. Clarke’s utopia in Childhood’s Endis an example of a perfect concept, that was poorly implemented. Although the Overlords created an ideal society, they were aware from the start that the human race was destined to be destroyed; thus making their efforts contradictory. While a utopia seems pure in theory, nothing that impeccable comes without consequences, in this case that consequence being boredom. However, the pros of the utopia outweigh the cons, which makes it difficult to believe that something as easily remedied as boredom could have been the only objection the people had to the utopia. It is known that every great empire ultimately fails; hence the utopian society was of no surprise. Nonetheless, when analyzing why the human race was eliminated, it became clear that it was not the utopia itself that failed. Rather, it was the strange phenomena that began infecting the children that destroyed the human race. The interesting thing is that Karellan points out that prior to the Overlord’s invasion, the human race was already on the verge of destroying itself with a powerful telepathic force that he compared to a cancer1. 1 Arthur C. Clarke, Childhood’s End (New York: Ballantine, 1953), 182. Hereafter cited by page number.