I suppose if I wanted to defend this whole thing (which, I don't) I could say that perhaps this is what Sybok and Kirk were talking about when Sybok wanted to take away Kirk's pain and Kirk told him no.
Again, the whole thing just seems so unnecessary. But, it's the same kind of pointless drivel that I'd expect from Star Wars fans doing a Trek movie.
It's just a matter of time before we hear of a pod race through the corn field.
I wonder if this means that we'll be spared the abusive step father now.