Hober Mallow wrote:
It doesn't have to have a moral or preach or predict anything, but it should use an SF setting to open us up to our own possibilities, to, as the myths of the past once did, pitch us out, not wrap us back in to where we've been all along.
And since when is an alternate history/parallel world not a SF setting?
And yes, many times Trek has made social commentary and had some deeper meaning to its stories, but at its heart it is escapist scifi/fantasy meant for entertainment. It isn't a philosophy. It isn't a way of life. Its a TV/Movie franchise.
"Canon is only important to certain people because they have to cling to their knowledge of the minutiae. Open your mind! Be a Star Trek fan and open your mind and say, 'Where does Star Trek want to take me now'." - Leonard Nimoy