Live your best life: How has our quest for a perfect world made us better people?
Is it part of the human condition to believe in a better life?
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From Star Trek to civil rights, Soviet architecture to Wikipedia, a perfect world has been reimagined and reinvented by generations of dreamers, inspiring extraordinary architecture, new genres of fiction, technology and radical communities. Why do we search for it? Why are we denied it? And how has pursuit of it spurred our evolution?
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