What I Really Learned From Star Trek
Katy Wolk-Stanley wrote a blog peace for the Huffington Post entitled, "Everything I Needed to Learn in Life, I Learned From Star Trek." In this thought provoking article she identified the following characteristics that summarized her educational experience.
- Higher Education and studying is important to achieve.
- Conflict Resolution through diplomatic solutions are preferable.
- Non-Consumerism and the disposal of a monetary system is in our future, except for the greedy and unappealing Fereng.
- Tolerance, accepting and embracing one another's differences is the main theme of all the shows. There are seeking out new life forms after all.
- Every one is in involved in intellectual curiosity through scientific discovery.
- environmental responsibility through helping various planets reverse environmental damage and respect of nature.
I just have to say, THIS IS ALL NONESENSE! In fact there are more prominent themes and more important lessons to learn. Here are a few.
- Tribbles are cute and cuddly. Sure they are ravenous eaters and multiply exponentially but the biology and mathematics is secondary to their cuteness. They purr when you hold them, and they are good at identifying Klingons.
- The Future is full of beautiful women. Now I know this sounds sexist, but I am not the one who wrote the show. In the future everyone is as beautiful as my wife.
- Watching movies is out and being in movies is awesome. Holographic technology removes the barrier of the television screen and you get to be part of the action. Yes, you have to remember to keep the safety on and not let aliens take it over, but it is worth the risk.
- You get to go fast, and I mean really fast. You get to go so fast that you go backward in time, or you get to be everyone all at once. How cool is that?
- Weapons. I know that we shouldn't be violent, but what red-blooded guy wouldn't want to take a phaser and shoot it at something.
- Never be the guy in the red shirt, they always die first.
- Women are beautiful, but they have terrible fashion sense. You have to wonder about uniforms made out of polyester.
- Men and women still get married. That's right, and though they never see each other because they are always flying around the galaxy they still hold the institution of matrimony in high regard. The whole Dr. Phlox, the Denobulan, thing with three wives and three husbands is weird, but hay its men married to women.
There are so many other things that I have learned it would take pages to list them. And of course Star Trek beats Star Wars any day. I'm just saying...