A Star Trek Clue on Liberalism

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A Star Trek Clue on Liberalism

This week­end at Instapun­dit Randy Bar­nett linked to an inter­est­ing piece on Star Trek TNG that dis­cussed how the 3rd Sea­son Cliffhanger led to accep­tance in the Star Trek Com­mu­nity.

MR. WORF, FIRE!”: The Story of the Most Dar­ing Cliffhanger in Star Trek ‘Next Gen­er­a­tion’ His­tory:

If you are a star trek fan you’ll likely find the story inter­est­ing, but at the end of the piece there was a really telling bit con­cern­ing the third story in the arc.

Mem­ory Alpha sum­ma­rizes an early scene:

Cap­tain Picard, him­self under­go­ing repairs of the emo­tional kind fol­low­ing his assim­i­la­tion, is pack­ing to go to Earth. He is vis­ited by Troi, who asks him where he’s going. He tells her he is going to go to La Barre, France, his home vil­lage. It will be the first time he has gone home in nearly twenty years. Troi says she finds it inter­est­ing that Cap­tain Jean-​Luc Picard is going on vaca­tion so eas­ily and they could hardly pry him out of his com­mand chair for a vaca­tion for three years. Picard tells her sim­ply that it’s Earth, it’s home and he doesn’t think he needs a much bet­ter rea­son. He tells her her assis­tance has been invalu­able to him, but that he’s much bet­ter now, say­ing his night­mares have ended and that what he needs now is some time to him­self. Troi agrees, but states that his des­ti­na­tion could stand some scrutiny. Picard tells her if she wants to think that his going home is a result of being assim­i­lated, feel free. Troi reminds him that it’s just going to take time. His assim­i­la­tion was an extremely trau­matic event and he won’t recover so quickly and that it’s per­fectly nat­ural to spend time try­ing to find one­self again.

In the episode the home­com­ing isn’t as easy as it seems because Picard and his brother have unre­solved issues that rise to the sur­face. It is the meat of the episode but appar­ently Gene Rod­den­berry didn’t think so as related by writer Ronald Moore: (empha­sis mine)

We had to kind of fight for “Fam­ily.” [Star Trek cre­ator] Gene Rod­den­berry hated it. He wanted to throw it out. My only story meet­ing with Gene was that episode. It was me and Michael and Rick Berman, who was run­ning the pro­duc­tion side of things, we all met in Gene’s office and Gene just said “this isn’t the 24thcen­tury.” “These broth­ers reflect out­dated, 20th–Cen­tury modes of child­hood devel­op­ment. Mankind had solved these kind of issues by then. I hate this.”

And that my dear friends speaks vol­umes about how the left sees things.

One of the great truths of the uni­verse is that Human­ity really hasn’t changed in mil­len­nia , the basic dri­ves and desires are the same and have been the same, the only dif­fer­ence that Tech­nol­ogy pro­vides is the ease of doing so.

It’s one of the rea­sons why things like scrip­ture res­onate because the same sins of the past are the one that plague mankind thou­sands of years later

Yet Gene Rod­den­berry a man who was dri­ven by his chem­i­cal and sex­ual dri­ves hated the very idea that in the 24th cen­tury those same dri­ves that con­sumed him might exist in his utopian world.

Now cooler heads pre­vailed and this episode became an excel­lent one but the point is this, our lib­eral friends believe that the world is just one inven­tion, one law, one moment away from sud­denly becom­ing heaven on earth.

It reminds me of this story from the book The Bat­tle for the Falk­lands by Max Hast­ings and Simon Jenk­ins con­cern­ing 3rd world armies.

An SAS offi­cer remarked dur­ing the cam­paign on the prob­lem that affects many Third world armies of con­cen­trat­ing on acquir­ing expen­sive tech­nol­ogy rather than apply­ing basic train­ing and skills. On his own trav­els abroad, he said, he found again and again that his hosts dis­be­lieved all that he told them about the achieve­ments of the SAS being based on inten­sive, cease­less metic­u­lous train­ing and prepa­ra­tion. “They all secretly believe that there is some pill you can take if you will tell them what it is.”

This should sound famil­iar all we have to do is restrict guns, make laws against “hate” or allow a 3 women to marry 2 men and sud­denly the world will be every­thing you dream it to be.

And while that might be great if you want to cre­ate an enter­tain­ing fic­tional uni­verse it just doesn’t work when the cam­era yells cut and the real world comes call­ing. I’ll give the last word to CS Lewis on the dif­fer­ence between the lib­eral and the conservative

It occurs when the boy who has been enchanted in the nurs­ery by Sto­ries from the Odyssey buck­les down to really learn­ing Greek. It occurs when lovers have got mar­ried and begin the real task of learn­ing to live together. In every depart­ment of life it marks the tran­si­tion from dream­ing aspi­ra­tion to labo­ri­ous doing.

Look at any lib­eral endeavor vs any con­ser­v­a­tive one and you will see this is true.

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This weekend at Instapundit Randy Barnett linked to an interesting piece on Star Trek TNG that discussed how the 3rd Season Cliffhanger led to acceptance in the Star Trek Community.

“MR. WORF, FIRE!”: The Story of the Most Daring Cliffhanger in Star Trek ‘Next Generation’ History:

If you are a star trek fan you’ll likely find the story interesting, but at the end of the piece there was a really telling bit concerning the third story in the arc.

Memory Alpha summarizes an early scene:

Captain Picard, himself undergoing repairs of the emotional kind following his assimilation, is packing to go to Earth. He is visited by Troi, who asks him where he’s going. He tells her he is going to go to La Barre, France, his home village. It will be the first time he has gone home in nearly twenty years. Troi says she finds it interesting that Captain Jean-Luc Picard is going on vacation so easily and they could hardly pry him out of his command chair for a vacation for three years. Picard tells her simply that it’s Earth, it’s home and he doesn’t think he needs a much better reason. He tells her her assistance has been invaluable to him, but that he’s much better now, saying his nightmares have ended and that what he needs now is some time to himself. Troi agrees, but states that his destination could stand some scrutiny. Picard tells her if she wants to think that his going home is a result of being assimilated, feel free. Troi reminds him that it’s just going to take time. His assimilation was an extremely traumatic event and he won’t recover so quickly and that it’s perfectly natural to spend time trying to find oneself again.

In the episode the homecoming isn’t as easy as it seems because Picard and his brother have unresolved issues that rise to the surface.  It is the meat of the episode but apparently Gene Roddenberry didn’t think so as related by writer Ronald Moore: (emphasis mine)

We had to kind of fight for “Family.” [Star Trek creator] Gene Roddenberry hated it. He wanted to throw it out. My only story meeting with Gene was that episode. It was me and Michael and Rick Berman, who was running the production side of things, we all met in Gene’s office and Gene just said “this isn’t the 24thcentury.” “These brothers reflect outdated, 20th-Century modes of childhood development. Mankind had solved these kind of issues by then. I hate this.”

And that my dear friends speaks volumes about how the left sees things.

One of the great truths of the universe is that Humanity really hasn’t changed in millennia , the basic drives and desires are the same and have been the same, the only difference that Technology provides is the ease of doing so.

It’s one of the reasons why things like scripture resonate because the same sins of the past are the one that plague mankind thousands of years later

Yet Gene Roddenberry a man who was driven by his chemical and sexual drives hated the very idea that in the 24th century those same drives that consumed him might exist in his utopian world.

 

Now cooler heads prevailed and this episode became an excellent one  but the point is this, our liberal friends believe that the world is just one invention, one law, one moment away from suddenly becoming heaven on earth.

It reminds me of this story from the book The Battle for the Falklands by Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins concerning 3rd world armies.

An SAS officer remarked during the campaign on the problem that affects many Third world armies of concentrating on acquiring expensive technology rather than applying basic training and skills. On his own travels abroad, he said, he found again and again that his hosts disbelieved all that he told them about the achievements of the SAS being based on intensive, ceaseless meticulous training and preparation. “They all secretly believe that there is some pill you can take if you will tell them what it is.”

This should sound familiar all we have to do is restrict guns, make laws against “hate” or allow a 3 women to marry 2 men and suddenly the world will be everything you dream it to be.

And while that might be great if you want to create an entertaining fictional universe it just doesn’t work when the camera yells cut and the real world comes calling.  I’ll give the last word to CS Lewis on the difference between the liberal  and the conservative

 It occurs when the boy who has been enchanted in the nursery by Stories from the Odyssey buckles down to really learning Greek. It occurs when lovers have got married and begin the real task of learning to live together. In every department of life it marks the transition from dreaming aspiration to laborious doing.

Look at any liberal endeavor vs any conservative one and you will see this is true.

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My goal for 2015 is Twenty Two grand which will give me a nominal living doing this.

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That gets all the bills paid. (including my writers like Fausta)  If I can get to Forty Thousand I can afford to travel outside of New England and/or hire me a blogger to help me get it done.

Consider Subscribing 100 Subscribers at $20 a month will get the job done.

 

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