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A really momentous year in my life!
Was it really that long ago that a teenage boy, watched live on a small black and white television, Neil Armstrong in the module Eagle, landing on the moon?
Was that momentous?
One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!
Well yeah that was great, but, not momentous in my life, it was the television!
I was always a dreamer, always reading adventure books and wishing I could be exploring somewhere.
It was the year my parents could afford a television. A black and white redifusion set,, the screen no bigger than 12inch!
This was brilliant for me, it opened up the world to me, watching (at home) the Footie, (of course) and all the best shows of the day. I loved grandstand with the teleprinter giving the results. My dad could watch live horse racing. My mum watched the entertainment shows.(yuk!)
I liked comedy and the cop shows like z cars, but what programme really took me to places I would never even dream of going, was the mind blowing hour long weekly series about a spaceship called Enterprise.
This was adventure with a capital wow! For an hour every week I would fly around the galaxy in a spaceship and be involved with different aliens fighting the good fight against the baddies in space
The hum drum life of an grammar school oppressed teenager and the poverty of the struggle of everyday life, not knowing wether the cold war would unleash Armageddon!
I would battle Romulans, Klingons and the baddies alongside Captain Kirk and Spock, Bones and the rest of the crew.
The effect on my imagination was immense and I wanted more and more. I was insatiable.
You couldn't see much from the cramped buildings, not much sky and little light could get past. The only open spaces were near the river. I would spend many an evening (not when star trek was on) in the warm weather just gazing up at the stars. I would scan the heavens for baddies and try and work out which if there was any planets or anything my imagination took me to!
I now live with my back garden facing west and have great views of the heavens and on clear nights it's brilliant! My grandson would bring his telescope and he has an app on his pad and we find the stars and galaxies and watch planets. We have seen the space station go past!
The thought of being so small in our galaxy, never mind the whole universe is just mind blowing. I have never got my head around how small and relatively unimportant we are. It makes me wonder about religion, our part in the scheme of things? what is out there? Are we really alone? You know the usual questions!!
Why Star Trek?
Well, it's the idea!
The idea a great storyteller had. (Gene Roddenberry) That humanity has a worthwhile future. Especially if we can get it right. If we don't cause Armageddon, if we realise that the planet is for everyone to share. Not just for the power brokers! It can provide all our needs for all of us. If we are not alone in this galaxy of ours, and if we can grow together as a whole planet. How do we cope with a populous galaxy, the maths dictate that there must be more life somewhere in our galaxy. They would be completely different to us! How would we react, to not only our own varied species but alien species as well?
Infinite diversity in infinite combinations.
What does this actually mean?
My explanation and experience is simply, tolerance!
We can't judge any living beings by his/her race, beliefs, colour, where he/she is from, what he/she does, or what he/she can't do, rich, poor, tall short.
We have to accept beings as part of the whole without exception! No discrimination in any way, shape or form. Respect them for what they are!
I have always believed this. Wether being brought up in poverty has done this I'm not sure. I know that it probably has a bearing.
Jealously, greed and ownership, power and religion, play such a huge part in our current political divisions, within our own species! We have to somehow get away from our inward looking views. We as a society have to progress to survive, we have to live with each other don't we?
One of the many messages commonly portrayed by the series, is that it's not about, securing wealth or property or profit.
But to improve ourselves without gain, within our species. To educate and feed and have health rights as a right not because a politician allows it! To have the best that can be provided for all not just the selected few.
We work for the collective good and have access to everything without redress.
To have an elected government for all the planet. That is responsible to the people and for all the people.
That there is a peaceful future well worth fighting for. For our kids and grandkids and our great grandkids. That we have hope and not live in fear.
That's the heavy stuff over!
It could have been the space stuff, the adventure, the hero winning every week against the baddies, the science stuff! (The influence on our everyday things. Tech stuff, most of it was first seen In Star Trek in the sixties) The spaceships, the aliens or even the great storylines. It wasn't the props or scenery was it? Or could it have been the mini skirts? I don't know, I just loved it all!
And I still watch it not religiously, but the wife says I know all the lines that certain characters say! I can't help it!
I'm a trekkie! And I'm proud to say it!
Live long and prosper.
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