Looking for another source of sanity, I came across this little box of magic I seemed to recall using a long, long time ago… Finding the remote, I discovered the fourth chapter of a documentary: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Documentaries from 1986, lol.
(Random ramblings below.)
I’ll skip past my fictional-philosophical speculation on the principle of “equal trade” (drawing largely from the Anime series Fullmetal Alchemist), and ideas like balancing karma with mortification of the flesh, and get back to modern reality… We are typically drained by day-to-day activities, and we need some way or place to “recharge”, to recover from stresses, pressures, and bottled emotion. Finding this way or place is very valuable, fundamental to sanity and peace of mind. I’ve been playing with various ideas, figuring out what works for me. There are many sources, but I’m glad I’ve rediscovered one that is particularly effective in my case: no, not television, science fiction! Fiction can be a wonderful and “harmless” sink for “bad karma”. (Harmless for us, if not for the poor characters in the parallel fictional reality. Ah, alchemy.) Time to do more reading, methinks.
Now Star Trek is by no means “good sci-fi” (in fact, it is arguably bad), but it was very entertaining and relaxing nonetheless. And it fills a little gap in my education. Now I’ve also met Spock, Kirk and Scotty personally, instead of only through second-hand references. With mentions of common ground necessary for communication, and talk of whale talk, I recognise a piece of my own madness in the minds of its creators. Ah, sweet, connection! “Resonance”!
Save the whales!
If I had to have a gripe about something, it wouldn’t be the corny cliché’s, it wouldn’t be the time travel, it would be the absurdity of trying to repopulate humpback whales from only two specimens, talk about a genetic bottleneck! Gaah! Give me time travel any day, much more realistic.
Live long and prosper – Shalom!