When Star Trek was about more than lasers & space ships.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jun 4, 2011
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Star Trek, both the original and Next Generation, spoke to fundamental American (and human) values. Habeus Corpus:


The latest Star Trek was fun—and no more. It was action, without ideals. It was not Star Trek—it was a blockbuster built to make money.

This one’s edited strangely, but there’s a good part in the middle:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “When Star Trek was about more than lasers & space ships.”

  1. Aunty says:

    I'm one of the original Trekies. I love that show and TNG!!!

  2. Ell says:

    Somewhat unrelated, but did you notice that the original Star Trek series all featured grown men a women? What's up with the kiddos in the new film? I know Kirk was supposed to be the youngest captain in history, but that kid in the movie? Must have been a child prodigy!

  3. Ozz says:

    Call me cynical, but if we go by US actions rather than rhetoric, fundamental American values do not appear to differ markedly from those of any other empire – basically, these revolve around ensuring the ongoing flow of wealth from subject nations (aka the Global South) to America and its allies (aka the Global North). Or as John Michael Greer recently put it:

    "Follow the flow of wealth and you understand empire. That’s true in a general and a more specific sense, and both of these have their uses. In the general sense, paying attention to shifts in wealth between the imperial core and the nations subject to it is an essential antidote to the popular sort of nonsense—popular among the tame intellectuals previously mentioned, at least, and their audiences in the imperial core—that imagines empire as a sort of social welfare program for conquered nations. Whether it’s some old pukka sahib talking about how the British Empire brought railroads and good government to India, or his neoconservative equivalent talking about how the United States ought to export the blessings of democracy and the free market to the Middle East, it’s codswallop, and the easiest way to see that it’s codswallop is to notice that the price paid for whatever exports are under discussion normally amounts to the systematic impoverishment of the subject nation."

    Puts a whole new spin on 'drawing the energy from periphery to core' doesn't it?

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