Getting people to get along is a difficult thing to do. The Peaceable Kingdom (left) by Edward Hicks shows predator and prey in harmony and such things do happen, over time, humans bred wolves into sheepdogs. Have we done as well with human society?.
Roddenberry grew up Southern Baptist and though he turned away from religion; he still had a foundation. I believe, Roddenberry prefers the Agnostic label (as I do). Roddenberry founded Star Trek on humanism principles and many religions do the same, but religions like Catholicism and Islam have killed for religious heresy. I believe peace can happen even with religion, in the mix, but religions have taken advantage of our political systems; which, leaves me in doubt.
Edward Hicks came from a Quaker society and a split on the slavery issue. Quakers abstain from violence, so they abhorred war and slavery. Did they want their abolitionist cause to turn into the Civil War? No of course not. Our racial problems still exist because the North did not think ahead to how to transition the slaves into American society. The way our present politicians handle race will most likely make things worse. Adding immigrants will hurt race relations. How many slices eaten from the American pie does it take before the crust begins to crumble?
The crew, of Star Trek’s Enterprise, constantly violates the prime directive, but think how this mission statement applies to Africa and the Western world?
The Prime Directive is explicitly defined in the March 1968 episode “Bread and Circuses“:
“No identification of self or mission. No interference with the social development of said planet. No references to space or the fact that there are other worlds or civilizations.”
Too late now, so what do we do? Understanding how we got here acts as first step and the leaders must educate the public on our complex history because we must understand before we can fix.
I criticize the Jewish and Catholic communities for a reason, in earlier posts, because they have anti-American philosophies. The centralized nature of Catholicism builds a bureaucratic tower with no feedback to the upper levels. Friar Tucks fit in the American system, not Archbishops. Jews have discrimination as a religious policy; they seem to want everyone but themselves in a poor socialistic society from which they profit. Religions can conceivably help the world, but the leaders must realize their harmful practices. Religious leaders need to shape into peaceable Klingons. or drop from existence Politicians and religious playing power-mongering games does not help. My brutal honesty probably doesn’t help either, but I’m fed up. We need to balance the present citizenry, adding more makes things harder.
The Peaceable Kingdom image comes from Wikimedia and has credits as follows:
Artist: Edward Hicks (1780–1849) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q2723190
Title: Peaceable Kingdom
Date circa 1834
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions 76.2 × 90.2 cm (30 × 35.5 in)
National Gallery of Art Link back to Institution infobox template wikidata:Q214867
Source/Photographer National Gallery of Art: online database: entry 1980.62.15