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BYLEISSOCHAIfyouareasciencectionfanthenyounothenameeneRoddenberry.HeisthevisionarycreatoroftheiconicStarTrekIthasinuencedoursocietyandcultureinprofoundways.NotonlyisitentertainingbutitdealtwithseriousandcontroversialissueshersttimeIatchedanepisodeasithmydad.Hehadgrownupwatchingit.Iwasaboutnineyearsold.IwasmesmerizedandhooedIantedtondouthatinspiredeneRoddenberrytocreateStarTrek.MoreimportantlyIwantedtoknowabouthisvisionofhumanitysfutureandhoitisreectedinStarTrek.ponseeingtelevisionforthersttimeoddenberrycorrectlyestimateditsfuture.Heknewthemediumwouldneedwriters.AlsolmstudiosoulddominatetheindustryStarTreksrsttopilotsweredeemedtoocerebralbythenetworkandrejected.Onceonairitfoundanddevelopedaloyalfanbase.EveryonewasafanfromallalsoflifeieersereenthralledandcaptivatediththeadventuresofCaptainKirkMr.SpockandthecrewoftheUSSEnterprise.RoddenberrywasinspiredbyearlyWesternssuchasWagonTrainandtheGulliversTravelsshow.HeblendedthosewithaspectsoftheHoratioHornblowernovelsandelementsoftheoldBuRodgersandFlashGordonserials.IndeedStarTrekisacombinationoftraveldangerandadventurexplorersbravingthenalfrontierofspaceuchlietheWestwasviewedasadangerousyetexcitingfrontierspaceisavastseaoftheunknownfrontier.AshisreputationgrewRoddenberrywasregardedasavisionary.HespokeabouthumanitysfuturetoNASATheSmithsonianLibraryofCongressgatheringsandattopuniversities.WhatwasRoddenberrysvisionofhumanitysfutureItiseasyforonelookattheEarthofthelate23rdandearly24thcenturiesasunimaginableandunbelievable.Thereisnowarpovertydiseasesufferingracismofanykind.GeneRoddenberrybelieveditwaspossibleforustorealizethepositivefuturehecreated.StarTrekwasanattempttosaythathumanitywillreachmaturityandwisdomonthedayitbeginsnotjusttotoleratebuttakespecialdelightindifferencesinideasanddifferencesinlifeforms.GeneRoddenberry.Itisafuturewhereecelebrateourdifferencesinsteadofillingandghtingeachotherbecauseofthem.Ifwecannotlearntoactuallyenjoythosesmalldifferencestotakepositivedelightinthosesmalldifferencesbetweenourownkindonthisplanetthenwedonotdeservetogooutintospaceandmeetdiversitythatisalmostcertainlyoutthere.GeneRoddenberry.IthasbeenestablishedinthehistoryofStarTrekthatitwashumanitysideatocreatetheUnitedFederationofPlanets.Wehadseenandlearnedwhathatredmistrustbiascando.Italmostdestroyedourcivilization.TheveryessenceoftheUnitedFederationofPlanetsispeaceco-operationandunderstandingthroughoutthediversityofspace.Ifwecannotsolveourowninternalplanetaryproblemsthenwehavenobusinessinouterspace.Ourworldisfullofviolencedivisionandconfusion.CanweeverbeunitedasasinglehumanityItisthestruggleitselfthatismostimportant.WemuststrivemorethanweareGeneRoddenberry.Oneofhumanitysstrengthsisourdrivetoimproveandthusevolve.LookinahistoryboogobacustonehundredandftyyearsWehavechangedandgrownsomuch.Itisaninnatedrivewithinusasaspecies.Roddenberryhadagreatunderstandingofthisdrivewithinus.Itdoesnotmatterthatwewillnotreachourultimategoal.Theeffortitselfyieldsitsownreward.GeneRoddenberry.HowdowechangeforthebetterWemustevolveourperceptionoflifeitself.Wemustevolveourunderstandingofreality.RealityisincrediblylargerinnitelymoreexcitingthantheeshandbloodvehiclewetravelinhereGeneRoddenberry.Wearestillinourinfancy.Wearetoofocusedonourpettyandself-imposeddivisionsonourtinyplanet.IfyoureadscithemoreyourealizeyouandtheuniversearepartofthesamethingGeneRoddenberry.ItsworthsayingagaintheveryessenceoftheUnitedFederationofPlanetsisthatofco-operationinpeaceandfriendshipinthediversityofspace.ThestrengthofacivilizationisnotinitsabilitytoghtarsratherbyitsabilitytopreventthemeneRoddenberry.Ourscienceandtechnologymustandwillevolve.Sciencestillknowspracticallynothingabouttherealnatureofmatterenergydimensionortime.Evenlessabouttheremarkablethingscalledlifeandthought.GeneRoddenberry.ThroughoutStarTrekincludingallshowsmoviesandbooksthecrewisconstantlyencounteringphenomenawhichcontradictdefyournotionsofrealitytimedimensionthoughtandmatter.Beingsareencounteredwhocancreatewiththoughtorbeingsbeyondourconceptsoftimeandreality.Imentionedourtechnologywillevolvetoo.LookattheamazingtypesoftechnologywhichexistinStarTrek.WhyWeareunitedingoalandpurpose.Itisntallovereverythinghasntbeeninventedthehumanadventureisjustbeginning.GeneRoddenberry.Imagineafuturewithoutmoney.Wecouldaccomplishanythingwithcombinedresources.Anythingconceivedinthemindofhumanitycouldberealized.Therewouldbenoconcernforfundingorthepoliticalmaneuveringwhichaccompaniesitoftentimes.AmorerealexamplerememberthoseipphoneshicheresopopularheylooalotlikethecommunicatorsontheoriginalStarTrek.Oursmartphonesarecamerasandcomputerswithahundredotherapplications.Theyremindmeoftri-corders.GeneRoddenberrywasatruevisionary.Heheldapositivevisionofhumanitysfuture.Hesawandknewwhatwecouldaccomplishasaunitedpeople.Hebelievedwecouldmakepeacefulandfriendlycontactwithallspeciesweencounter.StarTrekwasablendofadventuredangerexcitementandcuriosityoftheunknown.Wemustlearntocelebrateandcherishouruniquedifferences.Lookingatouruniverseandexistenceinagreaterayecanexplorethenalfrontier______________________________________________________IhavealwaysbelievedyoushouldwritewhatyouknowMypassionsandfasinationsinludehistoryphilosophymythologyandpsychology.Ilovetopeoplewatch.Igetmanyideasthatway.IamanavidsienetionfanienetionisbasedinourimaginationourimaginationpropelshumanityforwardinallourendeavorsLewisStockhamStarTreksGeneRoddenberryAPositiveVisionofHumanitysFutureSourceswww.generoddenberry.comwww.goodreads.comwww.top10-best.com33WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETMARCH2015