Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wasting Time is un-24th Century

So I was reading this link I indirectly ended up at through Gizmodo: "Why Doesn't Anybody Use Social Media on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine?" -- and it's really interesting. It starts off kind of criticizing Star Trek for not predicting Facebook, Twitter, and social media to the accurate extent it predicted so much else and was ahead of it's time. And just when the argument seems complete, they pause and remember what characters on Star Trek do in their spare time: read and cook.

Hey, Star Trek predicted iPad's okay -- give them some credit!

The part I particularly like is that they point out: "You can tell a lot about a person by how they spend their spare time." Indeed, I have homework to do, lesson plans to write, school work to print, Key Club to research, CKI things to write, and sleep to get had; but I'm blogging. But on Star Trek, they don't seem to "waste time." I love that I have never quite imagined this concept to this level of thought before. Reading classic books is a popular use of spare time on Star Trek. Learning to cook, even though they have replicators that make food, is a popular for-show skill, yet it's something so simply taken for granted now.

One of my new years resolutions will be to be more like the characters of Star Trek, and not waste so much time. Everything they do, even for recreation, is fun but educational or self-bettering in some way. I have so much to do in my life already, if I can cut down on all the wasted time, I could get so much more done.
The United Federation of Planets: The UN of SPACE. Only Exciting, and effective. 

I am, afterall, a product of Star Treks' day: it's interesting the other day at my student teaching assignment, the teacher was talking about ideology in the US and the USSR. The worksheet compared socialism and individualism in some way, and I would like to say now: I am not a socialist, or a commie. But the comparison he drew was an individualist works for the betterment of themselves, either through material wealth, working for pure happiness without regard for others outside their family, etc. Most students raised their hand when they said their goal in life was to find a job that brought them the most money in one way or another. I fell into the other category, my goal in life is to do what I can to help humanity move forward. One of my most sacred, core values comes from a line from a Star Trek movie:

Quote of the Day: Hm, long story short, Captain Picard is explaining the economy of the 24th century to a human from 2063.

Captain Picard: "The economics of the future are somewhat different. ...You see, money doesn't exist in the twenty-fourth century." 

Lily: "No money! Does that mean you don't get paid?"
Captain Picard: "The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives. ...We work to better ourselves ...and the rest of humanity."

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