I am convinced that people are much better off when their whole city is flourishing than when certain citizens prosper but the community has gone off course. When a man is doing well for himself but his country is falling to pieces he goes to pieces along with it, but a struggling individual has much better hopes if his country is thriving.Pericles
Without question, the best Star Trek movie ever made is Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Don’t agree? Fight me.
Hate Star Trek? You’re wrong about that, too.
There, I said it and pissed off all the appropriate people from the beginning.
Now, on with the show…
The opening scene thrusts the viewer into a battle with many casualties. Then, the captain orders abandon ship.
We learn that the battle is the Kobayashi Maru. A test that presents Starfleet cadets with a no-win scenario.
Cadets don’t pass this test. Except for one.
We learn that, of course, Admiral James T. Kirk passed the test, the only cadet in the history of Starfleet to do so.
We learn that the only reason Kirk was able to pass the test is that he cheated. Changed the conditions of the test.
And a pattern emerges…
Over the course of the film, Khan continues to best Kirk and company at every turn. A master tactician, Khan almost wins the day but Kirk pulls the crew through to the end because, well, he cheats.
The crew of the Enterprise faces their own no-win scenario in the final act of the film. A dying Khan begins the detonation sequence for the Genesis device. Without full power, the Enterprise has no hope of escaping the blast.
Try as they may, Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise can’t cheat their way out of this one.
Then, a still, silent operator alters the events by playing his own version of the Kobayashi Maru.
Captain Spock enters the radioactive engine chamber, restoring full power and sacrificing himself.
At the last moment, the Enterprise is able to race away and avoid certain death. All hail the victors.
Spock, of course, is dying. Kirk realizes what has happened and races to see his friend for the last time.
Spock tells Kirk the reasoning behind his sacrifice:
The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.
Spock sacrifices himself to save the lives of everyone onboard the Enterprise.
Jump ahead to the next film in the franchise called… The Search for Spock. I won’t go into details about the premise of this movie.
Kirk endangers his career, his life, and the lives and careers of his senior officers to bring back Spock. Kirk even loses his own son in the process.
For Kirk, the reasoning for this journey is that, "The needs of the few, or the one, outweigh the needs of the many."
Two sides of the same coin. Spock is selfless in his sacrifice, Kirk is selfish in his actions.
All because Kirk wanted to get his way. Never mind the effects on others.
I get it. Right now, the human race is facing a difficult time. And you and I have been under restrictions for quite some time now.
The new normal is not normal at all.
Many people have lost jobs. Businesses have closed and some may never return. As we open up the country, I ask you to do one thing.
Be Spock, don’t be Kirk. Make the small sacrifices. Wash your hands. Wear the damn mask. Stay safe.
No one is asking you to offer up your life as a sacrifice.
Not. Even. Close. Please don’t act like they are.
You only need to bear with a little inconvenience for a short period of time.
Don’t be a jerk. Be Spock.