Doctor, I think I might have something quite serious.

I must say you look fine, what are your symptoms?

Well, I have this overwhelming feeling which just won’t go away.

Go on…

I can’t shake it off, it’s like a… sense of hope about the future.

Hope? You’re sure it’s not just a case of temporary optimism?

It seems much stronger than that.

Or perhaps Pollyannitis, also known as ‘glass-half-full’ syndrome?

I just have this enormous feeling of confidence in what human beings can achieve.


It’s bad isn’t it?

It does sound worrying. How has this affected your life?

Well, I’m always coming up with these practical ideas about how much better things could be.


I seem to be constantly imagining all sorts of really sensible alternatives.

Al – ter – na – tives…I see…

And I keep saying irritating things like “yes we can” or “there must be another way”.

Hmm, I can see how that might be very annoying.

Doctor, what can I do? Is there a cure?

Have you tried watching the news or reading the Daily Mail?

Nothing seems to work. It’s really taken hold.

I’m afraid this is quite a debilitating condition, but it may be possible to manage your symptoms and live a nearly normal life.

Please help me, doctor.

In fact, some people take the rather odd view that this disorder can actually be seen in a positive way.

So you saying it’s…

Yes, I think you’ve got a bad case of utopianism.

Oh dear!

And I’m afraid things can only get better.

See also:

Utopia as the education of our desires (August 2015)

Reading dystopias (July 2015)

utopia 2

About Eddie Playfair

I am a Senior Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges (AoC) having previously been a college principal for 16 years and a teacher before that. I live in East London and I blog in a personal capacity about education and culture. I also tweet at @eddieplayfair
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1 Response to Diagnosis.

  1. Do you know “Crip Utopia” by Adolf D. Ratzka, Eddie? Think will tickle you… (my TU activist hinterland is around equality / disability)


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