What can be learned from watching Star Trek? 3 key items come to mind
Just recently my son and I spent some time watching TV together. Being a family of geeks and nerds, it is perhaps not surprising that we watched Star Trek – The Next Generation . I just could not believe how much he got into the show. He reminded me of when I watched the original series Star Trek (still my #1). How did my son turn into an on-the-spot enthusiast?
The question still occupies my mind. How does this franchise manage capturing fans year after year? Here are three thoughts that I wanted to share with you:
Inspiration. In the franchise humans managed to solve their biggest issues: War, energy, clean water and air, and peacefully exploration of space. How much more inspiring can this get? The original series took on inter racial relationships and equal rights for women. Those are all things we take for granted today.
Intrigue. Will we ever be able to go to other solar systems? Are there other systems out there that can support life? What else is out there? We know what we know, but is it not fascinating to wonder what else is out there to explore for us? Star Trek did a great job capturing these thoughts.
Reflection. It is amazing to me how small and insignificant we are in the big scheme of things. If you want to kick this effect up a not please watch the film Hubble narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. The vastness of space is hard for us humans to comprehend.
The greatest thing Star Trek did was to invoking thoughts without providing specific answers; it helped question things. That is the greatest achievement for any show – telling a specific story about something that is based pure imagination mixed with science free from dogma. Let your mind wander and wonder sometime soon. When you have a chance watch an old episode just for fun.