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Reality and Utopia

How the sharp contrast between the ideal society designed in "Utopia" and the real society - - in the England of the time in which MORUS lived could be overcome - Morus did not know the answer. "Utopia" meant "nowhere", "nowhere". But Morus was moved by the question of what could be done in the present, in the time in which he himself lived, to counter the grievances that existed in society. The question was whether a humanist politician could and should enter the service of a prince when the decisions that prince made were based solely on the personal ambitions of the prince himself or were determined by intrigues of the court.

Public office and personal conviction

Can public office and personal conviction be reconciled? Since October 1529, Thomas Morus had been Lord Chancellor, the highest statesman after the King, and shared responsibility for English politics - do my statistics homework . The question he had discussed some 15 years earlier in the "Utopia", in theory, now took on practical relevance: namely, whether an educated man should enter court service against his inclination even if he knew beforehand that he could not remedy the grievances "according to his innermost conviction".

Morus had clearly recognised the consequences of capitalist development in England - do my assignment . And he argued for social justice.

"... is it justice if any nobleman, goldsmith or usurer ... ... is allowed to lead a splendid and brilliant life on the basis of the earnings which his idleness or his superfluous activity brings him, while at the same time the day labourer, the carter, the blacksmith and the farmer, with his hard and uninterrupted work... earns such a small living and leads such a miserable life that the situation of the draught oxen might seem far better."

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