On this day 53 years ago on September 8th 1966, a Thursday, the broadcast network CBS premiered a show that would revolutionize how many would see the world. It was the starting blocks of the cornerstone of my views on where we as a species must go if we are to survive any longer. 700+ episodes over soon to be 9 different tv shows and shorts. Thirteen films spanning three different generations of show and reimaginines. It has spawned countless conventions, publications, and numerous scientific breakthroughs inspired by it.
But we can have more, we can have a better tomorrow for all, not just in fiction. One where the acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. One where we work only to better ourselves and in turn helps better the rest of humanity. One that celebrates, promotes, and supports the quest for open knowledge and open education as well as art and unique takes on culture. One that supports the freedom to be anything you want from scientist to artisan without fear of going hungry or going homeless. Where the work you do is not because you have to do it to just barely survive, but because you honestly have a passion for it.
The future is a diverse, strange, and beautiful place. You need not fear it so long as you help make sure to shape it to support everyone. A future that promotes the ideas of democracy, universal rights of self determination, and one that promotes Sentientism ― the ethical philosophy that grants degrees of moral consideration to all sentient beings, extending the ideas of humanism by showing compassion for non-human animals as well as potential artificial and alien intelligences.
A future we must make sure provides compassionate educated role models for everyone, to provide positive representation for all people who look just like you or look nothing like you at all. To allow us all to see someone who gives us strength and bravery to take those first steps to boldly go where no one has gone before not out of greed but because the quest for promethean fire, and wanting to share it freely with everyone, is what drives us.
Keep having that dream with me, that Star Trek dream, and do what you can to make it happen for everyone, together the world over! Our world is a better place because of it.
And forever remember to “Live Long and prosper.”
“If [humanity] is to survive, [Humanity] will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between [humans] and between cultures. [Humanity] will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.”― Gene Roddenberry, Aardvarque greeting card, Santa Barbara, Calif., 1971