Before Ayn Rand became a household name or Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in the movie, Wall Street, captivated the masses with his “greed is good” ideals, giving license to callously cheat and exploit, we believed in the progressive values of the movies and television series, Star Trek. Remember, in Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan (1982) when Mr. Spock’s dying words to Captain Kirk were “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Or a few years later, in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) Captain Picard explains their world view in the future when he says “The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity.” In fact, Star Trek’s mission was one of exploration and humanitarianism rather than the Right Wing rejection of science and modernity or the Ayn Rand values to spurn collectivism and altruism.
That said, I wonder how many have considered how much more Trekkies and Goddess Advocates have in common? Let’s see.
Let’s start with how Goddess ideals are about the “we and the us” rather than the “I and me.” Sounds synonymous with the aforementioned words of Spock, does it not?
Goddess Advocates have talked about a gift economy rather than the predator capitalism of Gordon Gekko causing vast income disparity and massive suffering of the 99%.
Women certainly were equal in the world of Star Trek, as are they in Goddess Spirituality. Sexism, vaginal probes or pay inequity would not be endured in Earth’s future. Women were captains of star ships!
Goddess, by her many names and faces across the globe is the poster girl for diversity and tolerance. Think back to Captain Kirk and Uhura’s first inter-racial kiss and the multi-cultural Star Trek crews throughout the series.
With our finite resources, we can no longer continue to exploit Gaia. We must reject unfettered growth and opt for the development of our species. In Earth’s future, Star Trek suggested humans were left to pursue their passions and become the best version of themselves they might become.
Remember the Prime Directive? The Star Trek crew was not to interfere with the development of cultures they discovered. There were no crusades, inquisitions, missionaries or religious institutions forcing their dogma on people or the State as the one true way, nor was there any legislating a certain religious conformity.
I’m sure this will get you thinking to the many episodes of morality within the long-running and beloved Star Trek series. One that stands out for me was when Captain Kirk and his crew encountering two groups of peoples who were at war. The skin of one group was black on the right and white on the left and the other group had skin white on the right and black on the left. As they battled each other for supremacy, each de-valuing the other, viewers were encouraged to see the folly of racism in our time.
There were many such episodes and the cultural issues presented by the show’s creator, Gene Roddenberry are still ones we wrestle with today, but somehow, the scripts taught us to challenge our thinking and appeal to the better angels of our natures, not fear, exploitation, and greed.
What was your favorite episode? What values did Star Trek teach you or your kids? How did the series make you feel as you saw the bravery and selflessness of the crew, often risking themselves for others? Were they your heroes and heroines? Did you aspire to be like them?
Star Trek may no longer be aired in prime time on major networks but with recent movies the franchise is far from buried and forgotten. I certainly remember when the series’ ideology held sway within our hearts and minds. Can we afford to bury what Star Trek taught us or shall we revive it? So many of us yearned for a world akin to Star Trek. Can we remember when the values of Trekkies showed the way and held the promise for the future?
What will it take for the collective consciousness of Earthlings, including Americans, to return to those values of caring and sharing, of justice and equality, of science and humanitarianism? In Star Trek, we defeated the Borg. How do Americans unplug from the “group think” and hive mentality of fear-mongering, divisiveness, greed and fundamentalism? Perhaps we just have to remember who we really are and what we once valued.
Resistance is not futile. Peaceful resistance is, in fact, imperative.
Excerpted from Goddess Calling: Messages and Meditations of Sacred Feminine Liberation Thealogy by Rev. Dr.Karen Tate