Re: How militarized should Starfleet be?
I tend to like it a bit more militaristic. I really liked the cramped, uncomfortable feel in the Nick Meyer films. Added to tension and drama to those excellent films. I was never a big fan of the comfy and cozy Enterprise D and Voyager style ships. That said, I think there's room in the fleet for vessels more oriented toward war and those more oriented toward exploration. Because while I do enjoy the more militaristic aesthetic, I also like the more optimistic themes of the earlier shows.
Pain or damage don't end the world. Or despair, or fucking beatings. The world ends when you're dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man... and give some back.