Star Trek –Tapestry

Star Trek is recurring theme here at Wisdom and Life.  In fact I even mention Tapestry briefly in another column.  I’ve been watching Star Trek again recently, Voyager, Next Generation and The Original Series.  They all have their merits.  Q, played by John De Lancie happens to be my favorite recurring character.  He mostly plays foil to Captain Picard of The Next Generation.  He has shown up a number of times in Voyager and Deep Space Nine as well.

 

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One of the reasons Star Trek resonates so deeply with me is because the stories work on more than a superficial level.  Take Tapestry for example.  In that episode Q meets Captain Picard in the afterlife giving Picard a chance to go back and change his life.  As anyone who has been following Wisdom and Life for any time at all should understand:
ANY change you make to your life whether big or small will spin your world into an ENTIRELY different trajectory.

 

Just as Captain Picard discovered in that episode.  One of the best scenes in Tapestry is seeing Picard laugh.  Humor is not something readily seen in Picard.  And it’s one of the events that makes that particular episode stand out.

 

The ONE change, Picard made helped him survive what ultimately brought him to Q in the afterlife.  However that ONE TINY change completely unraveled the fabric of the life he had before.  It’s why when EVER anyone asks you if you could change any ONE thing in your life would you and what would it be?  As challenging as it would be, the ONLY answer you can and SHOULD give is:
I would change nothing!

 

Next Generation ran for seven seasons and there are so many standout episodes from its seven year run.  I have three all time favorites:
1.  Tapestry is leaps and bounds ahead of my other two.  Secretariat at the Preakness ahead
2.  I Borg
3.  
Inner Light

 

See?
Science Fiction, when done correctly, has so much to offer.  As I said at the top of this column, Star Trek works on so many levels.  There is the space opera feel.  But then each episode works on an emotional level to and teaches us something about ourselves.  Each one of my favorites has a teaching moment and they all work on the emotional level more than many episodes do.

 

Tapestry, especially is an important episode in my life, only because the episode teaches us that we cannot alter the fabric of our lives and expect nothing to change.  The entire Star Trek Universe is something everyone should experience.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

Seeding Planet Earth

There is a theory that humanity developed from space, that we were placed here by a benevolent race from outside this universe.  There have been many movies and television series that touched on this theory.  In the Star trek The Next Generation episode called The Chase in one of the final scenes, we see a hologram of a humanoid explaining how all races are tied together:
Star Trek Next Generation The Chase Monologue

 

One of the plot lines in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus posits the same theory that we all have one common ancestor and that ancestor is tied to a seeding of the planets from another world.

At the 40 second mark of The Prometheus Trailer, we hear someone discuss a pictogram that was discovered in civilizations separated by centuries.

 

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The February 6 release of Jupiter Ascending is the latest movie to proffer this theory.  Not that these examples necessarily prove the theory, however knowing that there are many who promote this and seeing it show up so frequently certainly relays the fact that there is something going on.  As Law of Attraction states:
The more something shows up in our reality, the clearer it becomes that we should pay attention.

 

Maybe that’s why I walked into The Madison Coffee Shop a few months ago and saw my friend, Pete Onofrio.  As we waited for our lunches we started a conversation about a variety of topics we are both passionate about.  One of the topics Pete brought up was the theory that we originated from the stars.  The funny thing about my showing up at The Coffee Shop that afternoon was that it wasn’t my initial intention.  I planned on going somewhere else.  Obviously the Divine had other plans.

 

That’s what usually happens when I run into Pete.  I never really plan on doing The Coffee Shop when I see Pete there.  The Divine knows when he is there and it ALWAYS diverts my thought process.  We’ve talked about this before as well, how we end up seeing each other and it’s totally serendipitous.

 

So; the theory that we originated from the stars, how does one balance this with a belief in God?  If we DID originate from another species, who created THAT species?  I’ve touched on this topic previously in a column called Alien Life.  Like the Chicken and the Egg, which came first?  Someone had to create the first life.  As The Bible says:
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

 

Who is to say that God didn’t seed the multiverse?  What if God was the benevolent being who put is DNA everywhere?

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

 

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

 

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

Traveling Among The Stars

Friday, February 27 2015:
A sad day for me as I discovered that Spock truly wasn’t returning.  We can Search For Spock all we want, but he won’t be found.  Not this time.  For he is now truly traveling among the stars.  I’ve been a huge fan of the the entire Star Trek universe since I first discovered the original series in the early 1970s.  I think I most connected with Leonard Nimoy’s portrayal of Spock over any other character on the original series.

 

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Spock was the serious character in a somewhat otherwise sometimes campy series.  I believe he was the heart and conscience that held the crew together.

–He was the logical one.
–He thought through the challenges that arose.

 

Although Leonard Nimoy played other roles during his lifetime, it was with Spock that he became an indelible fixture in the hearts and minds of everyone.  Even people who:

 

 

A.  Never watched Star Trek
B.  Never knew anything about the series

knew who Spock was.  In fact I’d go so far as to say that the character of Spock became even more ubiquitous than Captain Kirk.  Maybe I’m thinking so because I felt a strong connection to Spock.  If you look at the breadth of his career, I believe you’ll find that he appeared in more Star Treks (movies and series after the original series ended than any other original series character.)   He even appeared outside the Star Trek Universe as Spock.  How many other fictional television characters have played themselves so frequently after their series ended?  Why did I feel that connection to Spock?

 

I think because even though he was supposed to be emotionless, his feelings surfaced frequently throughout the series.  His raised eyebrows after something amusing happened wouldn’t have occurred if he wasn’t half human.  Spock struggled consistently with his humanity as we all do.  Another reason I connected with his character.
We all have challenges.  
We all have our struggles.

 

It may have been the reason behind creating the character of Spock in the first place.  Roddenberry was ahead of the curve in so many ways.  He portrayed the first interracial kiss for one.  And one of the reasons Science Fiction (SF) is my favorite genre is that many of the stories are simply allegories masked in the SF genre.

 

To show a half alien half human character struggle with human emotions is Roddenberry’s mask.  Spock was ahead of the curve as well and he stayed ahead by staying the most relevant character from the original series.

 

Live Long and Prosper, Spock.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

 

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

 

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

 

Contrast and Desires

You did not say, “Let’s go forth into this physical experience and take all the ideas that exist and whittle them down to just a few good ideas that we can all agree on and peacefully cohabitate.” Instead you said, “Let’s go forth and take the ideas that exist and expand them to more. Let’s let the contrast be more so that the desires can be more, so that the Energy will have more avenues to which to flow.”

 

Abraham-Hicks
Friday, November 22, 2013

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Abraham-Hicks is correct:
Life is all about moving forward.
Life is all about expanding our horizons.

 

The entire concept we were most likely raised with that we should concentrate on a few ideas, that we should narrow our life skills down to only a select few, that we should know what we want without experiencing the whole of life is an anathema.

 

There are very few people who know what they want at a young age and fewer still who have the skills to follow through.  That’s why it is so important to try many different tasks, look at many different ideas, have a variety of desires.  The more you experience, the better you’ll be at knowing what you want and what doesn’t work for you.

 

It’s the same reason I read from EVERY genre.  How else will I be able to communicate my likes and dislikes with a plethora of people.  Not everyone will resonate with a particular genre so isn’t it better to be well rounded?  Isn’t it better to have the ability to discuss a number of genres with someone?

 

On the same token, isn’t it better to have a variety of skills so that when the time comes to choose your career you can say:
Oh, that’s not for me because I’ve already done that.
But I love doing THAT.  I can see  myself in that career.

 

Without contrast you won’t know desire.

 

Peacefully Cohabitate

This reminds me of one of my recurring Star Trek themes here at Wisdom and Life (And yes if you didn’t know yet, I AM a HUGE Star Trek fan)

One of later characters from the Star Trek Universe is The Borg.  Their ever recurring line is:
We are the Borg.
You will be assimilated.
Resistance is futile.

 

Peacefully cohabitating as mentioned above is reminiscent of The Borg’s wanting to assimilate everyone they come in contact with.  Captain Picard’s response to assimilation paraphrased is:
It is our differences that make us human.

 

As is the case with the line from Abraham-Hicks:
Instead you said, “Let’s go forth and take the ideas that exist and expand them to more.

 

Expansion of thought and differences are what make us human
Not everyone following each other like lemmings
Not assimilation.

 

We have to know contrast.
We have to know different.
Remember, if you in a contrasting time in your life, be thankful. For it is in contrast when something will change.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Changing One Thing

Last Monday night March 14 I posted a question on Facebook:

If you could go back in time and change only one thing in your life, would you and what would it be? Knowing that if you changed that one thing you’re entire life would be forever altered, would you still make that change?
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TimeMachine

There were plenty of times growing up that this question surfaced in my life and many times I had an answer for what I’d change.  It wasn’t until I matured and figured out that ANY change I made to my past would have severe implications on my now and my future.  As I look back now from an older perspective I understand that all of my experiences were learning experiences and I wouldn’t want to change anything about my life.

I wouldn’t want to stop being the person I am now.  I’m a huge Star Trek Fan and in one episode of Next Generation called Tapestry, the recurring character Q shows up in Captain Picard’s afterlife when Picard has been mortally wounded.  Q gives Picard a choice to go back and change one thing in his life.  He makes the change and his life is never the same.

My question remains.  Would you change any one thing in your life knowing that even the smallest change you make would alter the fabric of your life?  A good question to ponder, I think.

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Postive!

Chris