Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

What Star Trek can teach us about politics.

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU
 
hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:38 AM
Original message
What Star Trek can teach us about politics.
One of the ongoing themes in both the original series and the Next Generation was the importance of emotions. We had Mr. Spock, the cool, logical alien fighting his emotional side and ultimately deciding that emotions were vital. WE had Data, the thinking machine, in a constant effort to develop emotions. (As a side note, Data developed a sense of humor only when he developed emotions.)

So what do we learn? Facts, logic, rationality are important, but emotional responses are also vital. EIther one without the other handicaps a person.


In theory, Obama and Clinton may have very similar agendas. Our rational side agrees with their proposals. That's half of our response to them. The other part of our response is our emotional response. For a lot of people, Senators Clinton and Obama evoke quite different emotional responses. We can discuss whether those responses are accurate, but we shouldn't trivialize those responses as meaningless.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:41 AM
Response to Original message
1. I also like that Star Trek teaches us our first duty is to the truth,
Edited on Sat Mar-08-08 09:42 AM by Rabrrrrrr
whether we like the truth or not, and even if it hurts us in the beginning - AND that we have a duty to own up to our faults, mistakes, and sins. And to do so without emotional outbursts, gossip, rumor, and innuendo. Something I wish a lot of Hillary and Obama supporting DUers would learn, instead of just hurling vomit and acid at each other.

Oh, and it also taught us that yes, there is much sex to be had in space. :D
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:44 AM
Response to Reply #1
3. With hot green women!


Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
SoFlaJet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:44 AM
Response to Original message
2. One Lesson I've never forgotten
as either Kirk or Spock said; "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few"...take heed Clinton-crats...it's about us ALL and NOT just about Hillary and her ambition
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:46 AM
Response to Original message
4. You missed this episode.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:47 AM
Response to Reply #4
5. Isn't that the one where people were so bound up in re-fighting
the old fights that they destroyed themselves?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:57 AM
Response to Reply #4
6. Lokai rocked!
I loved how he was whining and convincing others to do all the dirty work for him!

The plot was a tad heavyhanded, but the acting on all involved was compelling. Didn't Frank Gorshin win an award for his portrayal of Bele?
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Mon Sep 01st 2014, 07:37 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC