Arthur Saginian | Life Lessons from Star Trek

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Letters to the Editor

For clues as to why we are reacting the way we are to coronavirus and COVID-19 I would suggest watching the movie, “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.” In that movie, the crew of the Enterprise must go back in time to 20th century Earth to find humpback whales.

Capt. Kirk’s briefing to his 23rd-century landing party is to beware of 20th-century humans and avoid interaction with them. “They are primitive and paranoid.”

Doctor McCoy is horrified by the doctors in the hospitals practicing a “barbarism” they call medicine – “downright medieval.”

“How did we survive this?” he asks.

And so it goes. That was creator and producer Gene Roddenberry’s view of us as a whole. Paramount Pictures had no problem with that.

Until we evolve some wisdom to go along with our “smarts,” all discussions or debates on anything we’re suffering today are moot. 

I’m quite the nihilist at heart, and a cynic as well. If you read enough history you will find that the only thing it will teach us is that we just can’t seem to learn from it. I don’t hope for things because I see no point in it. I just live my simple life, do my job, say my lines, and enjoy things while they last. Jesus taught me that (Matthew 6:34).

And as far as my reading of the Bible is concerned, God should never have given Noah the plans to build that ark.

Arthur Saginian


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