There has probably been a historical sense of utopia or paradise since the story of the garden of Eden or even earlier. A kind of utopia has been described in many cultures and myths around the world, from Atlantis to the Golden age, and from Arcadia to Shangrila. More recently, utopian ideals influenced the New Age movement, including intentional ecotopia and permaculture communities. A deep longing exists within human beings to make things better, and perhaps it is the utopian ideal that subtly influences us. But why does such a utopian urge exist within? Is it because we have somehow had it before, and so we are mysteriously familiar with it?