Happy Star Trek Day – How Has Star Trek Positively Shaped Your Life?

TODAY’S QUESTION: WHAT POSITIVE IMPACT HAS STAR TREK HAD ON YOUR LIFE?

So, I know this question won’t resonate with everyone in the group. For those that it does resonate with, and you know who you are, what positive impact has Star Trek had on your life?

MY STAR TREK STORY

My story with Star Trek goes back to my earliest days back in the 1960s. I vaguely remember watching the last couple of seasons in the TOS original run. Then, fortunately, it went into reruns in Kansas City almost immediately on our UHF station.

That ran on late Saturday afternoons and I would stop what I was doing to go inside and watch Star Trek.

When Next Generation came along in the late 80s, it became and remains my all-time favorite television series. I hung on through DS9 & Voyager and then life intervened.

It was only years later that I doubled back and realized what a great series Enterprise actually was and have since consumed the newer series in real time.

For me, Star Trek has always been about Gene Roddenberry’s positive vision for humanity.

1) That there will be a time when humanity will set aside the worst in us and aspire to the highest in us.
2) That there will come a time, beyond our current economic models, where technology will abolish human need.
3) That there will come a time when humanity joins the family of advanced spacefaring cultures that likely populate the galaxy around us.

Roddenberry’s vision came about only after humanity self-destructed and rose again from those ashes. It has always been an remains my hope that we can reach these lofty goals without suffering through that fate.

More than anything, Star Trek taught me, from a very early age, to dream big both for myself and for our species. That vision has and continues to profoundly shape my world view. It has many times girded me against the impulse to turn cynical, give up on humanity.

We are a species with amazing potential and Star Trek is always there to remind us of that.

Happy Star Trek Day!

Ray

Humanity Affirmation

Hello again, my friends. Let me ask you a question. Do you believe the affirmation below?

As I engage in the internet and in everyday life, I see – by their words and actions – that many, maybe most people don’t believe humanity has such lofty potential.

Let me ask you another question. If we don’t believe in it, then what are we doing? If we don’t believe things are or can get better, then what’s the point?

If we don’t believe it, we won’t make it happen. If we give it a chance, we have a chance.

I believe in humanity. I believe our best days are ahead of us. I believe a global, enlightened civilization is possible on the earth.

What if we flip the script? We start seeing the good in ourselves and each other and start using that as a foundation to build the kind of civilization we can believe in.

I mean if we humans won’t take our own side, who will?

Wherever you are on your journey today, know that you are awesome!

Ray

Affirmations for the Human Future

AFFIRMATIONS FOR THE HUMAN FUTURE

Get ready for a 5-minute ride out of this crazy present into an aspirational and affirmational future world for humans.

Humanity is an underrated species. We have limitless potential, but we have to start seeing a bigger picture than the one we’re being handed in our popular culture today.

The video is set to relaxing, spacey music that takes you for the ride. The affirmations speak to our highest aspirations for a future humanity that has moved beyond earth and the challenges that keep getting us stuck in the present.

Wherever you are on your journey today, you are awesome!

Ray

We Are Family

It’s rare that I draw a hard ideological line on this blog. Generally, I’m here working to build you and me up with positive messages. Despite what I’m about say, I think this remains in that vein.

One of the criticisms of positive thinking is that it tries to gloss over challenges and problems in the world. I would argue that’s a misreading. Positive thinking is way to fight back and take control of your thinking against the wave of negativity, mean-spiritedness, and anger that pervades our popular culture.

There is much inequity and injustice on our planet. It’s easy to see how people can get dragged down these negative holes.

This opens the door for demagogic leaders and ideologies to take root and flourish. We see this happening right before our eyes around the planet. That’s further fed by a media that tells half-truths tilted toward the prejudices and idiocies of its target audience. These half truths are then repeated and argued over social media, widening divides to the point that people can’t even talk to each other any more. Lifelong friends are unfriended for daring to question our version of the half truth.

It’s as insidious as it is ridiculous. It drives wedges in families, tears the social fabric of nations, and pushes major powers to the brink of crazy confrontations even the most ardent cold warriors averted.

If we are really in the fight for light and for wisdom and for an advancing and evolving humanity taking its rightful place among the galactic community we rightly imagine lies beyond our world; we must immunize ourselves and, to the extent we’re able, immunize those around us against these divisive and destructive mindsets.

The question might come up, “How do we know what the truth is and who to believe?”

Regardless of your personal spiritual belief system, Jesus and Buddha are widely recognized as two humanity’s greatest teachers. I think their words help provide us a kind of truth “Geiger counter” for those of us who seek and peaceful advanced human civilization and seek it soon.

Jesus was talking about false teachers in Matthew. He concluded his discussion of them with a simple test, “Therefore, by their fruits will you them.”

Five hundred years and a thousand miles away, Buddha gave us a similar test when he was pressed about who we should believe and put our trust in.

He said the following.

When you yourselves know directly something is unskillful, unwholesome, blameworthy, rejected by the wise, harmful to yourselves or others, leads to poverty or unhappiness of both yourself and others, you should give it up.

When you yourselves know directly that something is skilled, wholesome, blameless, praised by the wise, and leads to well-being, prosperity, and happiness of both yourself and others, you should accept it and practice it.

If your end game is an advanced human civilization, maximizing its potential, and respecting and allowing each person to reach for their highest aspirations; then these are two great measures to put leaders or ideologies up against.

We are family. It’s a simple fact of cosmology. Our fates are tied together on this tiny blue ball tumbling through the darkness of the cosmos.

It’s also non-negotiable. Leaders and ideologies that don’t bear fruits that 1) Accept that reality and 2) Embrace it and seek to maximize it; should be utterly rejected at this late date in favor of leaders and ideologies that demonstrate the enlightenment required for this civilization to live long and prosper.

Wherever you are on your journey today, you are awesome!

Ray

Either/Or Thinking Limits Humanity’s Options

Either/Or thinking could still be humanity’s doom. You can’t live in a universe of infinite possibilities, when your mind operates on either/or thinking. It’s the equivalent of putting a golf cart motor in a race car.

We do live in a universe of infinite possibilities and we are powerful, manifesting beings.

But, low vibration thinking that cuts off a thousand possible solutions to our challenges and our destiny is no way to take advantage of the opportunities before us.

We must be willing to learn, to change, and to adapt. Otherwise, we will never fulfill our destiny or live up to our potential.

What are your thoughts?

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray