The parable of Starfleet captains need help too
Summary: In the Star Trek Generations movie, Captain Jean-Luc Picard investigates a massacre at a science outpost. The only survivor is Dr. Soran (Malcolm McDowall), who perpetrated the event to cover up his invention: a missile he launches into a nearby sun, exploding it. As Soran escapes with Klingon cronies, Picard learns that Soran's plan is to summon a heavenly energy ribbon called the Nexus. Those who enter it live forever with every wish fulfilled. Attempting to stop Soran, Picard ends up inside the Nexus, where he discovers former captain James T. Kirk, believed to have been killed in an accident 78 years earlier.
Captain Picard represents concerned people around the world who understand what on earth is happening. Soran represents the dark occultists, who will destroy the earth (ie Veridian 3) in order to bring about their Nexus heaven, a dystopian hell for the rest of mankind of total surveillance, police state brutality, control, a worldwide Coviet Union that even Stalin would blush to be a part of.
Picard failed in his first attempt to stop Soran and Veridian 3 was destroyed. However, Picard got dragged into his own version of the Nexus, where he met the dead Captain Kirk, deadened in his concerns for the world, enjoying a fantasy-matrix false reality. Picard also failed in his first attempts to convince Kirk to leave matrix illusions and come back to the real world and help him stop Soran. Kirk represents those who are asleep & unconcerned about what on earth is happening.
Kirk begins to wake up to falseness and starts to realize what is truly important, and why he has fallen asleep. He once felt like he was in his groove, living his life’s purpose, making a difference. But ever since Kirk left his Captain’s chair, he fell away from his life’s purpose and fell asleep.
Can you relate to Kirk? Did you once have passion in life and for life, and you felt like you were living a purpose driven life & living a difference driven life? Did you fall asleep and wake up in the Nexus-matrix and didn’t even realize it?
The odds may be against us, and the situation looks grim, and Spock may even think us illogical to take on a mission to fix things, but as Captain Kirk began to realize, it also sounds like fun.
Picard and Kirk go back to before Soran was about to destroy the earth (ie Veridian 3). Picard (those already awake and concerned) teams up with Kirk (those who wake up and become concerned) to “make a difference”. Teamwork and cooperation among the masses is something the dark occultist Soran types fear. Mark Passio says, the masses understanding and living by natural law is the only thing the dark occultists fear.
There are risks and dangers in any mission, of course, and saving Veridian 3 will take sacrifices to make a difference. Are you willing to risk it? Can you sacrifice your ego and admit you were wrong about everything? Can you die like Kirk, and still say it was fun?
I, for one, used to have illusion, but now I have reality. I do find my way as pleasant, oddly enough.