Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Star Trek on Class Struggle, Torture, and Terrorism

Very relevant clip from he original Star Trek Series. We learn in this episode that exploitation an oppression breeds desperation and therefore violence, and that torture is never permissible.

The entire episode is worth watching, check it out here.

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  1. First I must confess that I've never been a huge trekkie, but I've seen the new movie twice already, and have watched four of the old movies in the past two days (great use of my summer so far). I am slowly realizing how great the franchise is.

    Not just for the entertainment values alone, there are a lot of positive messages that we can take away. First it provides hope that there can be moral and societal progress toward the major problems we face.

    From the environmentalism of the Star Trek IV to the fight for human rights in Star Trek: Insurrection, they offer a critiques of society without being overtly political or too preachy.

    One of my favorite exchanges is when Pacard talks about the 24th cenutry and how monetary wealth has been put aside as the major goal of life in favor of self-improvement and introspection for the betterment of all mankind. Aristotle would be proud.

    Live Long and Prosper.

  2. I've never really been too much of a Trekkie either. But I did see the new film and I quite liked it, will likely see it again.

    Though not a devotee, I am something of a fan of the Original series. I admire the ethical reflection and deep humanism of the Original Trek. I also think the friendships between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are extremely well developed and compelling.

    I regard "Next Generation" and a few of the Star Trek films as moderately entertaining (with the exception of Star Trek II, which is more than that/ a very fine film!), they are "watchable" but they don't grab me.

    I find it odd that so many people have a strong reaction to Star Trek. There are of course the Trekkies who devote their lives to it. That's not me, but I can understand and respect that ... to each his own!

    What I find odd is the people that absolutely despise Star Trek. I don't know why people would hate it? There is really nothing about to hate? It's better done and deeper than most SciFi!!!


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