It's The Beautiful Future I Would Want For Us

It is, quite simply, one of the few things that give me hope for humanity. It encourages me to dream of a more evolved society, or at least one that isn't doomed. One where we will have overcome our petty prejudices and religious superstitions.

But then I think, what am I to do, here in our crapsack world? I think the myopic, greedy, irrational people running it will ruin our chance at any future at all. And then I think: hey, some of us share this vision. Maybe it won't be so bad after all.

That said, I would take the first ship off this rock.
DamageCtrl DamageCtrl
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4 Responses May 1, 2012

I don't think we can spare you! Only those who understand, embrace, and hold dear to the principles and optimism of the ST universe have any chance of bettering this particular rock.

Can' t we get your help here? We need all those who know that we can be better than ourselves......:-)

I so agree with you, but even in star trek the 21st century was really bad. 600 million people were killed. Things got so bad that it woke people up about wanting a better life and a better future. I still have a sliver of hope that could happen one day.

Well, I guess you can't have real change without some growing pains...Sucks to be us, though, either way.

I'm not sure about that. In ST, capitalism existed until it was obsolete. I'm a bit foggy on how it happened, seeing that I haven't watched ENT yet...But I'm pretty sure it involved the near-collapse and restructuring of our civilization.<br />
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Although the capitalism that you're talking about is dead, anyway. I'm not sure what it is that we've got now, but I don't see much coming out of it, other than shitloads of disposable goods...planned obsolescence, manufactured demand, while the corporations get bailed out left and right and the middle class continues to erode.

I would gently suggest that you might adopt a somewhat longer view of things. Of course the NOW seems unworkable and shallow, misapplied and unfair. But the true function of great Science Fiction has always been to hold up a mirror to OUR world and OUR society, while saying, "BUT no, this isn't US; this isn't OUR world, but let's LEARN from this poor "fictional" planet, and work to keep this from happening here!"

Identifying the problems, such as "shitloads of disposable goods...planned obsolescence, manufactured demand, while the corporations get bailed out left and right and the middle class continues to erode" is certainly the first step to the solution (although frankly, the easiest step), the next is to do something about it.

The desire to make a difference, logically, and with human compassion, was always central to the ideas behind Star Trek. the "prime directive" of non-interference was often violated when it was truly to the good.
Interfere for good; make a difference. It's the logical thing to do.

Well the only real issue in Star Trek is of course the socialism and the denying of capitalism. Without capitalism, none of the ships get built and no UFP comes into existence. The major flaw in Star Trek is that people are never truly motivated when there is no gain at all. Probably the most honest, although deeply distorted alien in ST is the Ferrengei. AT least they understood capitalism was the only true mechanism and without it there is no succeeding. Star Trek is a utopia, one that can never be achieved. Once you realize that, then you can appreciate Roddenberry's dream. You know we will never get there because it would mean the end of humanity.