Yes, another fabulous chapter in Star Trek history has hit the theaters. Hollywood has done a superb job of story telling and inspiration for the young and old alike. It’s a must see.
The first thing that struck me was why Jim T. Kirk leaves his home of Iowa to join the Federation. Here’s something for corporate America to think about. Why does any young person want to work for a company? Why should young people lock themselves to $20K to $40K a year worth of schooling for 4 to 8 years? So much of culture today has been focused on “me” and “my career” and so much of corporations have given up on the “parental” model and are expecting young people to seek them out for a just get ahead for “my” career. After all, “it’s all about me!”
Well stand back because Mr. Kirk leaves his “me” life because he catches some small glimpse of something bigger than himself. He’s swept away by a dream. Well yeah, he really doesn’t know much about where he’s going or what he’ll become but the emotion of finding something worthy to step up to is strongly projected and the emotion is elevating. All you leaders out there i hope will think long and hard about creating something that draws people out of the “me” world into a world of making a better world for future generations. I’ve never been privileged to going the armed forces of the U.S. but that is something armies do, they call upon people to think about others and big ideas like freedom, helping others and making the world a safer place to live. I don’t see enough if this inspirational leadership happening in the work a day world. We’re afraid to even speak to people about having beliefs such as this, it sounds too soft, too touchy-feelie. Huh! Wrong!
Friendship is another theme highlighted in the 2009 Star Trek movie. It’s refreshing to hear Spock declare his unending ideal of being a forever friend of James T. Kirk. Sorry, but for me you can have money, a friend that is true is a priceless thing in today’s world is it not? It reminds me of how I’ve committed myself to be faiithful to others and that others can count on me at all times. We live in a very frighenting world, where people have come to a place we almost don’t know whom to trust. It makes us cold. I happened to travel through the airport this past weekend end and met a man flying here from Sweden. He was coming as his Mother-in-Law’s house had burned to the ground this past week. Of course, I was quite empathetic to this person and even socially helpful, but what struck me later thta evening was why had I not said to him, “here’s my telephone number, if you need someone to ask a question, please call me”. I failed on that point. O.k. I must remember to be a friend in today’s world, even if it means I may get hurt, as there is nothing as worthy as being a friend who cares about others. I hope others will want to be faithful friends to me as well.
I could go on and on, but will keep this short in the interest of not overloading my reader. A third idea about his movie is just that it has a strong ability to provoke emotions that we’re all familiar with and respect. We all face tremendous fear, we all face situations that could cause us to hate another and some of us will know the challenge to let go of dear things because we want others to get a chance at life and liberty. This movie has all of these tremendous values flowing through it. This to me is keenly important, as a bit of Sci-Fi is surreal these days. How can I identify with a person who can fly and can pound aliens into the ground? That’s not exactly me, but when a story can help me see how I could also live my life in a manner that helps others, then I have found a high value. I know for some again this sounds mushey, but stop and just measure this on the value that stories are like great art. They make us emote or identify with some special beauty that is beyond ourselves. They reflect on something or somewhere we’d like to be or not be. This is great art and Star Trek 2009 is a great movie.