John de Lancie as the godlike “Q” character, mocking God and the Catholic Church in this monk’s habit as he visits the Enterprise Crew on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
by Jeremy Griffith
I’m a big geek, I’ll admit it, as evidenced by my love of sci fi, especially Gene Roddenbury’s Star Trek, or
George Lucas’s Star Wars. But watching old re-runs of the series and movies, I’ve noticed a trend of secular humanism that runs through them both, and it bothers me.
Star Trek is great in that it explores the human condition as the crew search the cosmos for new life and new civilizations. They continually get into scrapes with alien species as they explore their strange customs and ways. They adhere to an inflexible law called the Prime Directive which prevents them from interfering with other cultures, but they manage to break that inflexible rule in every episode, causing moral conundrums and conflict that fuels the drama. It is not if Jean-Luc Picard or James Kirk will violate the Directive, it is when and how.
I’ve noticed something especially with my favorite Star Trek Series, The Next Generation that was not as evident as the original series. The writers seem to like to mock God or religion every chance they get, and they adhere to a kind of secular humanism and collectivism that borders on socialism. The Federation of Planets is an idealized big government structure that is “highly evolved”. They don’t use money, nobody gets paid but everyone works for the benefit of everyone else. There is as hierarchical rank structure in the crew of Star Fleet but there is a lot of familiarity amongst the crew. The captain is in charge but everyone is working for one goal.
While it’s nice to see in something as entertaining as a show, it is frustrating to comprehend how a structure could work. The institutions of the Federation and its allied planets are much like the real life United Nations, or the European Union, which always touts their beneficence. In theory, the UN is a great idea. But in reality, it is a barely functioning body infected with socialism and communism, systems proven not to work.
It is clear after watching a few episodes of the first season how preachy the authors are in pushing the idea of collectivism while rejecting religion and the institution of capitalism. In one episode in the first season, the crew of the Enterprise encounter the Ferengi, a strange race they describe as “Yankee Traders”, the worst sort of capitalists. (As if there is any other kind, in their view.)
You can see the mocking of religion and a higher power in the first season of TNG too. Several times an all-powerful god figure called “Q” comes to harass the crew of the Enterprise crew and amaze and scare them with his power. In the pilot episode Q, played expertly by John de Lancie, (one of my favorite characters by the way) messes with the crew, calling them a backwards dangerous child race. He accuses them of past atrocities and puts them on trial to test to see if they (the human race) are still as savage as they once were. The crew lead by Captain Jean-Luc Picard passes the test laid out for them by The Q, who grudgingly leaves them to continue their journey. But alas, he comes back time and again to harass them with more tests. In one episode he gives Picard’s first officer power akin to godhood and offers him a place in the Q Continuum. Commander William Riker almost takes the offer, and upon departing, offers gifts of love to his fellow mortal companions. But the crew confounds the Q by refusing their gifts and so Q is defeated again and Riker recognizes the error of his ways.
Secularists think that if they follow a certain code and evolve, they may one day become like gods. This is foolish of course, but many modern thinkers, atheists and agnostics in particular, believe this with all their hearts. This is nonsense of course too but that doesn’t mean they won’t continue to perfect their themselves with their endless social engineering.
Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The Humanistic Utopian view doesn’t work on this planet as evidenced over and over through the history of the 20th Century. Utopians have striven for a gun free, crime free, socialistic world and every time it is tried if falls down in failure, and worse, genocide. Communist, socialist and atheist regimes always end up taking away the rights, and guns, away from certain groups of people and ends up slaughtering them wholesale. The rights of the individual mean nothing when compared to the “good” of the collective, which really only means the “good” of the dictator in power.
One only has to look at the well known cases of genocide committed in the last century by the secular humanists. The names of are familiar: Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Lenin, Stalin, Chairman Mao, Hitler, the Rawandan and Yugoslavian massacres, the Khmer Rouge and others. They all attempted to achieve a utopia in their lifetimes and always ended up killing thousands and even millions of their own people. The common factor in all of them was the removal of guns and private property, freedom from the people.
The humanistic model doesn’t even work in TNG. Gun control for example, is a great idea, except that every Star Fleet officer has a mini-phaser weapon hidden in an invisible pocket inside their skin tight uniforms. Each of these looks like a garage opener but has the power to cut through steel bulkheads or incinerate a life form. How does that fit with the model of the gun control lobbying left? It doesn’t.
The crew themselves are paradoxical with the humanist view and more closely resemble the Yankee Traders they supposedly abhor. They sail out on the great ocean of space looking for commerce, but it’s not goods and services they are seeking, although that’s what they get in the end, it is knowledge of other cultures, a noble goal.
Jonathan Frakes as Cmdr William Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Looking back on the TNG series I find it over sexualized, over idealized and filled with socialistic, humanistic references implanted there on purpose by the Hollywood left. If you learn to recognize the rhetoric, you can appreciate it and ignore it. I still like the Star Trek and Star Wars series. There are many themes I still admire, the teamwork of individuals, the moral conflicts and object lessons provided by every episode. And the special effects are awesome. But it’s clear even then how the leftist progressives owned the culture buy providing us entertainment, while using it to preach to the masses their wrongheaded worldview.
Andrew Brietbart, God rest his soul, was right when he said that, “Politics is downstream from culture.” That culture comes to us as children through the television and our games. We wonder why our society is collapsing into chaos, well here is the reason why. We are indoctrinated as children through our media and we grow up thinking that this impossible dream of collectivism is real. We give up the things that are proven to work: capitalism, individual achievement and self reliance, freedom. Instead we replace them with a dependence on an all powerful state, and that stifles our achievement and stunts our growth.
Until we own the culture and take hold of our media, conservative thinkers will never really own the narrative, and leftist progressives in our respective governments will keep driving us towards the civilization cliff.
Author’s note: In a later article I hope to discuss the psuedo-religion and humanism of George Lucas’s Star Wars.