What it means to be a Trekkie

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Being a Star Trek fan comes with many preconceptions. And while some may be true, I’d like to tell you what being a fan of the series means to me. I grew up watching The Next Generation with my family. Every Wednesday, we’d gather around the dinner table and tune into the latest episode of the groundbreaking series. And for a 5 year old, I was so enthralled by a show whose vision of the future depicted the human race in such a positive light.

Gene Roddenberry, the creator of series was once quoted as saying, “In the future, there will be no hunger, there will be no greed, and all the children will know how to read.” It was this optimistic view that ultimately turned me into a Trekkie. The idea of humanity coming together for a higher purpose – to further the human race – was enough of an ideal to strive for.

At the core of each episode, Star Trek was always about exploration. Not just of the solar system, but of the human condition. Not every episode was a Hugo award winner, but the ones that were, challenged the very meaning of life itself. They took us to new worlds and opened our eyes to the possibility of new species – new governments – new ways of thinking.

With “technobabble” based on actual science, many gadgets served as inspirations for real world tech. Even today, inventions like the cell phone, iPads, VR, were all byproducts of devices used on the show.

In closing, I wanted to leave you with a collection of some of the best speeches from the show. This series has shaped my moral center as much as any significant life experience I’ve had. Hopefully, it will serve as a good enough reason to watch a few episodes at the very least. =)

-Mikey

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