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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Star trek into Darkness, a great movie


This movie is made for the dreamers, and everyone should dream the impossibilities and live in fantasies for a few minutes a day. That is the only world we own, where no one can say no to us, mess with, affect it, influence or laugh at us. It is a very private world, and it is our own. This is also a rare movie where the cast is universal. This is the kind of world we need to create.

By the end of 2020, there will not be a major city, where you will not find people of different faiths, cultures, ethnicities, races, nationalities and social backgrounds working, eating, playing, marrying, and doing things together.
We need to prepare ourselves for such eventualities to prevent possible conflicts, and lay a good foundation for nurturing goodwill and effective functioning of the societies. Exclusive communities will become a thing of the past. If you live amidst others, you must also respect the otherness of others, as you expect them to do the same for you.
If we can learn to respect the otherness of others and accept the God given uniqueness of each one of the 7 billion of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.

One of the greatest things about the best of the movies is that they evoke a range of emotions, we get in touch with every possible emotion within the time frame of the movie, it is good to awaken those sentiments and keep them alive.

Star Trek is the final frontier of our fantasies equipped with the future technology. However, the emotions are same that existed in the movies made in the early 1900’s, mid-century or now. Indeed, the emotions have not changed since the Stone Age, rooting for the good guys, seeing the bad guys get beat, and justice prevailing at the end. The expressions have changed, but not the emotions.

When Captain Kirk decides to descend on the planet Kronos to take out the bad guys, he dives into it with gut instinct against all the rational advice. Don’t we all do that in our daily lives? That emotion is branded on to us for thousands of years.

I was not a Trekkie, but have become one now, indeed when Mr. Spock utters a dialogue like – I am communicating in your vernacular to convey the idea,   I am communicating multiple views to give you the range of expressions….I understood the eager laughs of the trekkies in the cinema, and I joined them this time bursting with laughter and admiration for the dialogues.

 Life is also about day dreaming the impossibilities. It is going into a world that does not exist, imagining bad guys paying for their bad deeds, winning things against odds, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and goodness winning at the end. It is a good feeling that we all long to have. Indeed, it is a part of the life that remains in the domain of fantasy in our daily lives with a deep desire to see justice at the end.

Yasmeen, the grand Kids and I went to see the movie. The violence, shooting and the noise distracts her, and Star Trek was not for her, but the kids liked it. The 2nd time round, I enjoyed the movie even better – and I hope to go with Mina, Jeff and Fern – hopefully before she delivers the baby.
Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, peace, Islam, Israel, India, interfaith, and cohesion at work place. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day at www.TheGhousediary.com. He believes in Standing up for others and has done that throughout his life as an activist. Mike has a presence on national and local TV, Radio and Print Media. He is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to the Texas Faith Column at Dallas Morning News; fortnightly at Huffington post; and several other periodicals across the world. His personal site www.MikeGhouse.net indexes his work through many links.            

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