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Old February 17 2013, 01:26 AM   #35
Lieutenant Commander
Re: Why do you like Star Trek

Anji wrote: View Post
It gives me hope that we will someday evolve from this ridiculously selifish and petty species that we are.

"Many of the normal motives of civilized life-snobbishness, money-grubbing, fear of the boss, etc.-had simply ceased to exist."

"Up here in Aragon one was among tens of thousands of people, mainly though not entirely of working-class origin, all living at the same level and mingling on terms of equality. In theory it was perfect equality, and even in practice it was not far from it."

"Above all, there was a belief in the revolution and the future, a feeling of having suddenly emerged into an era of equality and freedom. Human beings were trying to behave as human beings and not as cogs in the capitalist machine."

"However much one cursed at the time, one realized afterwards that one had been in contact with something strange and valueable. One had been in a community where hope was more normal than apathy or cynicism...One had breathed the air of equality."

-- George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia.

Based on what Orwell reported from Spain in 1936-1937, perhaps it is already possible.
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