Everything I Need to Know About Morality I Learned From Star Trek

#Opinion

Mon, Aug 15th, 2011 16:46 by capnasty NEWS

Amusing little article by Drew Costen where he opines how morality isn't found in a church or that the Bible is not a neat little how-to guide to make you the best person ever.

Instead, Drew argues that the best lessons in morality were taught by Star Trek.

[The] best way to discover how to be a truly ethical person is in a completely different place. It's in the science fiction section of your local video and book stores.

If you're basing your morals on what you're taught on Sunday morning, odds are high that you're going to have to wade through a lot of sexism, homophobia and erotophobia. If you're reading the Bible literally and hope to find good advice, you're going to have to learn to distinguish between helpful ideas such as loving your neighbours and harmful doctrines that tell us women are second class citizens, that it's okay to invade other nations and kill people with different religions, and that slavery is a perfectly acceptable way to run a household.

If you turn to Star Trek instead, you'll find that exploring new places is desirable, but that perhaps you should think twice before interfering in local affairs, and that you definitely shouldn't steal other people's land. You'll learn to respect people who look, act and speak differently than you. You'll discover that working together is more productive than always fighting over riches and resources. And you'll see that going out of your way to help those in need, even if it increases the time you spend on your voyage, might just be the right thing to do. Also, we probably shouldn't allow all the whales to go extinct if we want to survive as a species.

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