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What Being on Star Trek Taught Me

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Star Trek opened my mind to a multi-verse that offered a macro perspective from an astronomical view of the cosmos and also a micro- and nano-perspective. The vision of learning and exploration of everything I could read, experience and study was a path I would follow all my life.

The notion of being of service, sharing and of value to all life became a source of courage and aspiration for me. The need for balance harmony and even anti-aging hormonally, in rhythm with the lunar and solar calendar, became areas of fascination.

In being a part of Star Trek, I learned that there is something embedded in its heart of hearts, which is called “The Prime Directive,” or Starfleet’s General Order #1. Trekker’s, as we prefer to be called, believe that the most prominent guiding principle of the United Federation of Planets is The Prime Directive. It dictates that there can be no interference with the internal development of alien civilizations. Just to flashback to “The Apple” and my character’s role in this episode, if you have or ever will see it, we are directed by Captain Kirk to violate the Prime Directive. This takes place, in part, when Chekov and I virtually demonstrate to a pair of the planet’s inhabitants a human embrace and passionate kiss, implying that love making and babies follow in due course. And that this is natural and not something to be forbidden or feared. Loving and being loved and making love is our birth right. This is something these particular aliens were not aware of, as it had been forbidden.

All the native people of this planet were permitted to do was feed a giant, god-like, computer named Vaal some fruit offerings! They were not, as I said, allowed to make love, or to have children (“replacements” as they referred to them). But on a positive note, they also knew nothing of violence, except for flowers that shot trespassers with a poisonous powder, until we came along.

Now, I don’t mean to give you a “spoiler” for this episode but indeed this directive and the need to think for oneself and “do what you will, but harm no others,” would be an important part of what made me who I am today and that is a person who challenges the “powers that be,” and cannot stand by and watch the garden that is this planet and the life upon it be poisoned and polluted by Big Government, Big Corporations, Big Factory Farms, and Big Pharma, who day after day gobble up our personal freedoms. If you read this blog often you already know that about me because I personally have had enough of the Wall Street giants and political machine’s agenda that is imposing GMO seeds and “herd” medicine upon us. In today’s world of cyberspace we can challenge our own planet’s “Prime Directive,” simply by blogging about it or creating petitions right here on Care2!

In retrospect, when the real meaning of the Prime Directive hit me, I think this is when I first became one who would vote in favor of violating the Prime Directive when we knew harm was being done to that which is pro-survival of the planet! I am certainly not alone in this way of thinking as there are many people today who speak, write and live their lives, a bit outside the box and champion causes in any way they can for the greater good! The idea being that we are all entitled to “live long and prosper,” and I certainly hold Star Trek responsible for that brilliant idea.

If you believe, as I do, that we are all important and every one of our actions matters, just as much or as little as the flutter of a butterfly’s wings in the Amazon rainforest affects the weather in Asia. In this circular manner of thinking we therefore all matter! This idea is known as the “Butterfly Effect” and through this principle we realize that we all leave footprints behind with every step we take, and these form lasting imprints in the bio-sphere and in the collective consciousness, just as every thought we think can become manifest in a positive or negative manner. The importance of all of us is beautifully illustrated in this video: The Butterfly Effect

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Celeste Yarnall

Celeste Yarnall, PhD shares musings on myriad of topics at her Celestial Musings Blog. She is the author of The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care with Jean Hofve, DVM and Paleo Dog. Celeste is an actress/producer/activist/writer and keynote speaker. She and her husband Nazim Artist created the Art of Wellness Collection and are the producers of Femme: Women Healing the World. They live in Los Angeles, California with their beloved Tonkinese cats. Join Celeste at her website or on Facebook.


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1:53AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

With the wisdom and insight expounded by this article i hope many people will relive the star trek saga and learn their place in this beautiful universe.
especially remembering who they really are.
Spiritual beings having a human experience.

9:46PM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

All hail Gene Roddenberry and his vision of the future.

9:34PM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

I so much liked the show. We were wealthier then in those days and my wife bought me for me all the Silver Ships, SilverCoins, Weapons and all the collectors Items from Franklin Mint that they carried. They are 99.9 pure silver and worth a fortune. Part of my history of Sci Fi now. My wife always took care of my interest.

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

A marvellous and fascinating show, showing hope for the future. Always a favourite!

9:12AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Today the space shuttle Enterprise is being moved from JFK airport, it's on a barge on the Hudson River. Next month it'll be on display at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

The shuttle was originally named the Constitution, but due to a write in campaign by Star Trek fans NASA changed the name to Enterprise. Did Star Trek have an impact on society? You Bet!

12:40PM PDT on May 29, 2012


3:27PM PDT on May 24, 2012

That which is worthy - shall - Live Long and Prosper.
That which is unworthy,
gets recycled by the cosmos.

8:18AM PDT on May 21, 2012

This post has done what I had thought impossible... made me interested in Star Trek.

As a child it seemed so boring in comparison to Star Wars, and I became one of those partisans for a while. After a time, I simply ceased to really feel strongly about it, and just never went back. As it turns out, it seems that was perhaps missing some of the nuance of the show, and perhaps I will check it out, now.

9:21PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Star trek rules! My personal favorite is Janeway crew ;)

4:35PM PDT on May 15, 2012

I never really got into Star trek, interesting post though

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