Today is the 50th anniversary of the first episode airing of Star Trek. I was a little girl, but was so enamored of this television show. I loved studying the stars and watching Apollo missions and reading everything I could find on the “world” out there.
When this show launched, I was immediately transported to “Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” I wanted to be an astronaut, but was told again and again “girls were not allowed.” Supposedly we were not strong enough or smart enough to do space flight. Newer series and movies change the quote to boldly go where no one has gone before, but the original is important because it was made pretty clear to me as a child that women mostly were allowed to boldly go nowhere.
Yet, Star Trek challenged that assumption. Granted, the original series mostly kept men in the “important” jobs, still there were women on the bridge and in space! Subsequent series had women as doctors, engineers and certainly captains and admirals. I eagerly waited each week for the next episode to see what wonderful adventures there were beyond the solar system. For years after that I watched every space launch and a man walk on the moon. Now I read and look at the pictures sent back from all the satellites as we continue to explore beyond this planet earth.
So many of Star Trek’s made up technology is now standard. The flip phone, reminiscent of the communicator, automatic doors, voiced computers (Siri anyone?), tablet computers and visual communications all have come to life since that amazing television show. The ideas of respect for different cultures and ethnic groups and religion and species was a hallmark of the show as well as an ideal of peace between peoples.
For me, the opening lines of the show speak to a different place inside of me than when I was a little girl. There are strange new worlds and new life and civilizations all around me. I don’t need to fly “light years” away. Faith itself is its own frontier. Attempting to live a life of love, of grace and of acceptance is boldly going where many do not want to go.
Right now, in the middle of a political season that is proving to be mean, ugly and hateful, I long for a place to go where there might be a new worlds of peace and justice, love and grace. Yet, wherever I go, there I am. If I am not living out a new life and a new civilization in my heart and spirit and mind, it doesn’t matter where I go. It is more than a five year mission, it is a lifetime. of seeking out a new world of love, light and grace.
Perhaps, as it has always been, the final frontier is faith. Faith that challenges me to trust that when Jesus says to love one another, this is a new world and a new civilization. When Jesus says that the only way to truly know God is to serve one another and to turn the other cheek and to believe that good will overcome evil. This frontier is one that asks me to follow the path of righteousness and peace, regardless of what others say. This frontier reminds me that those who who walk the path of peace and love are children of God.
So today, I celebrate the 50th anniversary of this show that set my young heart and spirit on fire. I celebrate with my favorite Mr. Spock saying in my profile picture from Facebook
May this final frontier bring peace, bring justice and love to this strange world. May you live long and prosper!
I am graced to Serve