If you’re a fan of the science fiction genre then there’s also a very good chance that you’re a humanist at heart (humanism is a group of philosophies and ethical perspectives which emphasize the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers individual thought and evidence (rationalism, empiricism), over established doctrine or faith). Science fiction often provides audiences with excellent mirrors, made possible by the futuristic settings, that allow us to take a revised look at contemporary society and assess its problems.
Series father of “Star Trek” Gene Roddenberry was an admitted humanist who liberally sprinkled his out of this world stories about Capt. James Tiberius Kirk, Mr. Spock and the other Star Trek characters with the fundamentals of humanism — a non-theistic, or secular, approach, philosophy, or ideology. Star Trek has been woven into the cultural fabric since the original television series aired on NBC TV in the mid-1960s. Many sociologists have viewed many of its episodes as morality plays set against the backdrop of space.
The genre has been incorporated into many college studies programs… No, really.
Roddenberry believed that his opus “Star Trek”, like humanism, promoted ethics, social justice and reason, and rejected religious dogma and the supernatural. Roddenberry, who lectured in Worcester in the 1990s, strived in his Star Trek ventures to affirm the dignity of all people.
What moments in particular stand out from the various TV series and the numerous films?
Let’s have a look.
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