Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Keep your pain

Who says American pop-culture is shallow? Okay, generally speaking it is, but every once in a while it produces glimpses of profound wisdom, often in works where you least expect it.

Star Trek V - The Final Frontier is generally considered the worst of all the Star Trek movies. Fans and critics did not like the production, the script, the dialogue...You name it! Still, they all missed a rather important lesson to learn...

The story goes like this: a renegade Vulcan named Sybok kidnaps Federation, Romulan and Clingon representatives on a remote planet, demanding a spaceship. During the course of the movie it is revealed he has telepathic powers that enable him to reach down to the worst emotional pain of a person and help him relieve it. As a result, they are so grateful to their "saviour" they are prepared to follow him anywhere. He performs the trick on Spock and doctor McCoy and attempts to do the same on captain Kirk who adamantly refuses "treatment". When McCoy attempts to talk Kirk into accepting it, Kirk retorts:

Damn it, Bones, you're a doctor. You know that pain and guilt can't be taken away with a wave of a magic wand. They're the things we carry with us, the things that make us who we are. If we lose them, we lose ourselves. I don't want my pain taken away! I need my pain!

Indeed. The emotional pain and trauma we experience in our lives, however unpleasant they are, shape us just as anything else, make us complete persons. Same goes for nations all around the world. The suffering occupations, impoverishments, wars...All of those helped one way or the other shape the societies of today. To blot them out of memory or dismiss them as primitive relics means throwing the very essence of a nation into oblivion.

Do as James T. Kirk did! Reject out of hand the self-proclaimed messiahs who claim to have come to relieve you of your pain. They are in fact there to relieve you of your true self and have you submit to them and their sinister goals.

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