Today is the first time in two days that the Sci-Fi (or Sy-Fy) Channel doesn’t have a Star Trek: The Next Generation marathon. I can’t imagine an earth where humans have evolved beyond their need to collect wealth or power and managed to stamp our disease, war, poverty, and hunger in the process. In the last episode, unfrozen 20th century humans begin to adjust to their second lives four hundred years into the future. The formerly rich man asks what the challenge is if he cannot chase wealth and power. The captain tells him that his every need will be met and his challenge is to improve himself.
Between history and future, there was a final World War Three that devastated the earth thoroughly. Even though that was the last war to be fought on earth, we still managed to get caught up in intergalatic wars. It was never suggested that these advanced humans did everything possible to avoid these wars. It was later discovered that the Romulans had the Tal Shiar, the Cardassians had the Obsidian Order, and the Federation had Section 22, undercover agents capable of spying and interfereing with any ships mission. It seems that Humans still have a long way to go.
Unfortunately, humans may not make it that far in real life. Our world’s economy has been thrust off kilter by the greed of those enamored with wealth and power. There are at least a dozen armed comflicts going on world-wide, some of them are full-blown wars. Poverty, disease, and hunger are the result of these conflicts. A handful of nations are chomping at the bit for battle. Other nations cannot agree about what course of action they must take, and so little is done if anything at all. It seems that as long as there are divisions, the seed for the Third World War remains intact. So long as there is discord, the soil is fertile. So long as there is distrust, the water is freely flowing. So long as there is inequality, the light is shining. If all the components are present for a seed to sprout into a thistle, it can only be a matter of time before the dreaded event is made official.
It was expected though, because if the Book of Revelation were to come true then Star Trek’s history could not be our future. I do look forward to one thing though, once we have gotten past that point, we will have gotten past the risk of even more wars in space, thusly being more enlightened than our Star Trek counterparts in far less time.