Mad max or Star Trek Future?
Star Trek teaches us over and over again that cooperation, respect, and diversity make life better for all beings. We learn that you don’t have to be a human to have humanity. And that struggling with morally ambiguous questions is a never-ending privilege that come from exploring borders. Star Trek teaches me that working together we can solve the toughest problems of our time. Food, energy, tolerance, respect, and justice are all abundantly possible. The future I see in Star Trek is the future that I want-- and the future I’m working for.
I often despair at the futility of that kind of hope. But the alternative is entirely unacceptable. The alternative leaves my descendents in a Mad Max world: a society without empathy, resources, and trust, in a world full of fear and scarcity?limitations.
I’ll never know which future we humans will get. Likely it will be somewhere in the middle. But I’ll do my part, however small, to bring about the world I’d want to inherit.