What does Star Trek mean to you?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Terran, May 25, 2013.

  1. Terran

    Terran Ensign Red Shirt

    Nov 21, 2012
    I've been thinking about this a lot lately. Although it is just fantasy, my days aren't quite complete without some form of Trek in them. I don't know about other fans, but Trek has taught me so much, and even taught me to be curious of the world around us, something I never used to be. Its metaphorical approach has made me think and study a lot of real life issues. DS9 for instance got me reading about religion's place in society, and whilst science never interested me as a child, I'm finding myself reading more and more about it and its endless possibilities.

    Whenever I'm down, watching or reading a bit of Star Trek takes me away from the worries and stresses of real life. It's so expansive ensuring I never get bored, and I honestly can't imagine not being a Trekkie! My partner doesn't understand it, but I think I speak for most Trekkies when I say Star Trek is a huge part of our lives. I'm not even ashamed to admit something fictional can play its part in shaping our personalities, and make us who we are.

    I doubt I am alone in this stance, and wondered what Star Trek means to you?
  2. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk The Walrus Premium Member

    Nov 4, 2001
    Sitting on a cornflake.
    It's entertainment. On a good day its thought provoking entertainment.
  3. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 30, 2001
    Star Trek means alot to me. But I realize I have more fun watching when I don't nitpick internal mistakes and name call the creators when they make decisions I disagree with.

    I guess I finally grew up.
  4. Portal

    Portal Commander Red Shirt

    May 10, 2013
    Drama, the good kind.
  5. robau

    robau Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Apr 19, 2012
    Hope for the future.
  6. CaptainDave1701

    CaptainDave1701 Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jan 17, 2008
    It really means a lot to me. I was there when it first came on.
  7. marsomthing

    marsomthing Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    May 3, 2013
    Ditto, pretty much summed it up for me. I know it's fictional and all but I think it shines light on where humans could go, it shows our best side in a world that is ugly.

    On that same "hope" saying. it also depresses me. We live in a world where we cannot take care of our own planet, country, and in some extreme cases ourselves. How can we expect to explore other worlds when things are FAR from perfect in our own backyard?
  8. Amaris

    Amaris Abiding Eos Premium Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    United States
    Star Trek means getting the chance to see a future that shows a united humanity, where intelligence, friendship, and knowledge is an integral part of it's society. One that I will likely never witness myself.

    Star Trek also means good stories with characters that I can relate to; people that still face every day hurdles and overcome them, either by seeking out the help of old friends, or forging new relationships with others.

    Star Trek also means that what is good in life is to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.
  9. JirinPanthosa

    JirinPanthosa Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 20, 2012
    Star Trek: The Next Generation probably heavily influenced my moral development when I was like 9. The series in general is great entertainment which makes me feel good about a possible trajectory human development may take, and it inspires my imagination when I'm writing fiction of my own.
  10. teacake

    teacake Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 20, 2007
    inside teacake
    I have wasted thousands of hours of my life on it. Watching it, reading it, talking about it on the internets. Thousands of hours.
    Last edited: May 26, 2013
  11. xvicente

    xvicente Captain Captain

    Jan 16, 2013
    Star Trek taught me so much. Like, how you should accept people, whether they be black, white, Klingon or even female... But most importantly, when I had no friends, it made me feel like maybe I did.
  12. Portal

    Portal Commander Red Shirt

    May 10, 2013
    Yes, there is much ugliness in this world. We are not even reaching for Mars any more. It's a kind of sadness you feel comfortable with. What else can you do?
  13. Kirkman1987

    Kirkman1987 Commodore Commodore

    Mar 3, 2008
    Star Trek (Mostly TOS) means a lot to me too, so I understand how you feel. I had some difficult times growing up. My mother used drugs and things were unpredictable and rough at times. I had real friends, but the characters felt just as close. Roddenberry's philosophy appealed to me and actually moved me closer to accepting my own humanist beliefs. I thank him very much for that. My first serious girlfriend and I bonded over watching the shows.

    So yeah, Star Trek has had a pretty big impact on me. I mostly just watch it for pure entertainment now, but the characters still feel like old friends.
  14. CorporalCaptain

    CorporalCaptain Admiral Admiral

    Feb 12, 2011
    Taking up space
    Star Trek is a little tweeting bird chirping in a meadow.
  15. Lynx

    Lynx Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 27, 2001
    Lynx Empire
    A lot of things. Good entertainment, good stories, good role models among the characters and hope for the future.
  16. Belz...

    Belz... Commodore Commodore

    May 19, 2013
    In a finely-crafted cosmos... of my own making.


    Real life taught me that.