Okay, you knew this post was coming. I’ve been a Trekkie for as long as I can remember, and I honestly do credit it with helping shape my world view at certain critical moments in my life.
At its core, Star Trek is about ideas, and just about the biggest idea involved is one that almost never gets stated outright: together, we are more than we are separately.
Actually, you can probably interpret that several different ways, but I think I like most of them. In 1960s, Star Trek just presented people with more than one skin tone, and more than one gender, living and working in space, generally trying to make things better for whoever they met. That diversity has only grown and so has that strength in unity. That commitment to making the universe more fair than it happens to be has grown with it.
Infinite diversity in infinite combinations.
We’re stronger with you that without you.
Live long and prosper.
All life matters.
I think if I were to come up with my own phrasing, I’d say that the primary message of Star Trek is to broaden your definition of human. Broaden it until it takes in everything it possibly can. Acceptance, respect, tolerance. Use your mind, and play nice with others.
Because we’re all important.
Be well, everyone.