Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law and Star Trek Discovery

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from. magic.
Captain Pike from Discovery says:
The law was debated by scientists and theologians alike and later reinterpreted to say any sufficiently advanced extraterrestrial intelligence is indistinguishable from God.

Star Trek Discovery
New Eden


I’m stepping outside my usual themes today, using Star Trek as my inspiration today.  As you read today’s column, you’ll find that I do link everything back to my spirituality theme.  I wrote this column in January.  However, as events occurred since then, such as my NDE and my three hospital stays, I’ve had to move columns around.


As I’ve written at Wisdom and Life multime times over, I’m a HUGE fan of Star Trek.  You can read my previous columns by clicking on the preceding link.  Star Trek Discovery is the new series based on the original. The second season started a few weeks ago and New Eden is the second episode of the second season.  Not only am I fan of Star Trek, I’m a fan of science fiction (SF) in general.


Arthur C.Clarke is a one of the quintessential SF writers of the 20th century.


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Prins Claus en Arthur C Clarke (1982)

Hearing Captain Pike from Discovery, reinterpret Clarke’s third law to include God stirred my thoughts.  The overriding subject of Wisdom and Life IS spirituality and finding a better way to live your life.  My faith in God has helped me live a better life. Getting back to Star Trek, in a Next Generation episode called The Chase, Captain Picard discovers a theory that humanity may have been seeded from the stars, which returns us to the quote that Captain Pike reinterpreted.  There’s no reason proof of extraterrestrial intelligence has to nullify a belief in God, which leads DIRECTLY back to Pike’s interpretation of Clarke’s Third Law


Everything is a circle and everything repeats itself over and over.


If we believe that God is omnipotent, why couldn’t he have created more than one race?  I’ve discussed this previously here but can’t recall the exact column.


Since I mentioned Next Generation earlier in this column, I liked seeing that Jonathan Frakes directed this episode.  I hope by having a name from a previous Trek direct Discovery shows that there is interest in seeing the latest Star Trek succeed. Also there’s the fact that Patrick Stewart is returning to the role of Captain Picard. Seeing all these events line up leads me to believe that Star Trek will indeed “live long and prosper.”


I’m enjoying the new series and seeing spirituality enter Discovery makes the new Star Trek more appealing, at least to me.


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


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.


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
Inner Light


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.


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.



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.



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.”


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.



The most magnificent Creators don’t want to get together with people who think just like they do. They’re looking for people who have other thoughts, because out of the contradiction, comes ideas that could not be born out of sameness. Your relationships will be ultimately more if you’re not identical twins just “yessing, yessing, yessing” to everything that the other one is about.

— Abraham
Excerpted from the workshop in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, July 24th, 1999 # 35
Our Love,
Jerry and Esther

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
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Diversity even works are on the spiritual plane.  Everyone has the own thoughts, their own belief systems.  Think for a moment about the ramifications for humanity if we all believed the same thing, if as in one of my favorite television shows we were all assimilated.

As I said in a previous entry, we all are skilled at something.  If we have a talent it is our responsibility to share that with someone who doesn’t have the same set of strengths that we have; just as we should ask for help when we have difficulty.  The only weakness that exists is when we DON’T ask for help.  That’s why diversity exists.  It exists to help us seek the aid we need.

Those on the spiritual plane recognize this and it’s why they seek out ALL people.  (That’s right!  I said people.  For aren’t those in the next world also people?  Won’t they be people again?)  We all need each other to help us through this thing called life, this thing called humanity.  We can’t all be skilled at the same tasks, if that was the case we’d be talking again about assimilation.  I don’t know about you, but that’s the LAST thing I’d want.

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


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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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!


The Door To The Universe

The door to the Universe does NOT say push. (Just like the door on Gary Larson’s School for the Gifted.) The harder we push for what we want, the firmer that door stays stuck. Stand back, my Love-Lights, stand back, and enjoy the flow!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Are you trying to hard?  Are you pushing?  You DO know what happens when you push, don’t you?  You strain your muscles.  How does that feel?  Wouldn’t it be better to simply let go and let what’s going to happen, happen?  You can’t stop the Universe from giving you what it needs to.  How many times have you THOUGHT something negative was occurring in your life, only to look back after you’ve gone through the storm and seen the blessing?

Stop pushing against the storm, simply float along with it.  I LOVE Star Trek and one of Star Trek’s ultimate adversaries is The Borg.  One of their overriding themes was:
Resistance is Futile.

Though that theme is taken to the opposite extreme of what I’m pointing out here we can modify it to fit the topic at hand.  Resistance IS futile when it comes to what the universe is giving each of us.  If we simply stop resisting, stop pushing back, stop rowing our boat against the current, stop pushing against that door, we’ll find our lives will flow, will stream.

The next time you find yourself pushing, stop for a moment and think.  How does pushing, how does resisting, how does rowing against the stream feel?  Do you REALLY want to feel this way?  No?  Then stop pushing!  Let the Universe give you what it needs.

Be Happy! Be Well!  Be Positive!


My image Interpretaion

Referring back to this image:

What is my interpretation of this image?  Not sure how many of you out there are Star Trek Fans.  I’m a HUGE fan.  The Next Generation introduced a new enemy called The Borg.  The Borg were individuals who became a single entity.  Conformity and assimilation are the main purposes of this single entity.  Conform or die.  Assimilate or die.  Resistance is futile.

This image is reminiscent that.  One particular episode in The Next Generation stood out above all the others involving The Borg is called I Borg.

A Borg ship crashes on a planet and there is one survivor.  Reluctantly, Captain Picard allows the Borg to be transported aboard The Enterprise.  Separated from the collective as The Borg is known, this single being begins to exhibit signs that no one anticipated.  With help from the crew on The Enterprise, Hugh as some have named this Borg shows signs that he wants to remain on the ship.  In the end it is decided that the more prudent move is to return Hugh to the crash site.  The last scene is VERY powerful.  I won’t reveal it here except to say that it still remains just as powerful after the hundredth viewing as it does for a first time viewing.My only question is:
Do you want to conform and do what everyone thinks you should do?  Or would you rather  be like the last model here and turn back and do what you know is your calling?  Deep down you know what you want to do.  Why follow the masses?  Break away!  Do your own thing.  March to the beat of your own drummer.  You’ll be much happier in the long run.

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!