Star Trek is a fantasy. Co-existing with other intelligent alien life forms and accepting them as respected equals is a fantasy. As long as religion pulls the strings of our thinking, a possible future like we see depicted in the Star Trek universe, cannot be.
If we can’t even accept in our own species, that all of us are created equal, with equal rights over what happens to our bodies and equal rights to pursue our own happiness, how can we possibly embrace and accept the habits and behaviors of other intelligent, sentient cultures?
Because of religion we have sexism. Because of religion we have bigotry and racism. Because of religion we have intolerance and eagerness to judge others. Because of religion we want to think in black in white and absolutes. Either you are good or evil, followers of either a god or a satan, destined ultimately for either a heaven or a hell.
If some habit or behavior that is perfectly normal and healthy and positive for one group of people seems alien and beyond the comprehension of another group of people, it is regarded with suspicion, as are the people who engage in it.
Human beings must be the entire reason why the immensity of the universe was created. Human beings with our massive egos who want to believe we are the reason billions of years of evolution has taken place, and billions of other galaxies, along with ours, were created.
We are the center and everything else spins around us, and more specifically, human males are the center. Even human females were created simply, just like other life on this planet and the Earth itself, to satisfy the wishes and needs of human men. And even some races deem themselves superior to other races, god’s chosen people, with people of other tribes or races perfectly okay to overwhelm, invade, enslave, conquer, rape, or exterminate completely if the male made male, patriarchal god so commands it.
It’s a pie in the sky dream that human beings think we can reach out for the stars and co-exist with life elsewhere. I have always been a devoted Star Trek fan, but at the same time that vision saddens me. How can we hope to accept cultures so incredibly alien to our own, if we can’t even accept each other as equals? Accept ourselves?