From Diane Thompson-Bowen, Pentecostal Chaplain:
I confess I’m a trekkie! Stop laughing, it’s not that bad. I am not really sure why, but science fiction has always been a love of mine and Star Trek would have been the beginning. Star Trek was created in the 60’s by Gene Roddenberry and for me reflects the hopes and fears of the period. In Roddenberry’s future, mankind has survived World War III, overcoming national prejudices to work together in a galactic federation, which has brought technological advances to Earth.
As a child watching this programme, I was amazed by the concept that there could be more out there than I could perceive. Here was a society that considered everyone equal. The crew of the Enterprise were people from all nations working together. Roddenberry’s future wasn’t perfect, the crews encounter with alien life-forms brought out the failings of humanity, but Kirk and his crew usually overcame these to be victorious.
The idea of mankind being able to achieve amazing things if it works together is not new. The Old Testament story of the Tower of Babel has God assessing the achievements of the people,
“If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them” Genesis 11 v6.
So it would seem that humanity can do great things if it would put aside disunity and work together in harmony. Is it possible? Well I’d like to join with Roddenberry in hoping so.
Live long and prosper!