Our actions will come back to us, sometimes sooner than we expect (or much later, where humpback whales are concerned).
"Would it have hurt us, I wonder, just to have gathered a few laurel leaves?"
This conflict between short-term gain and long-term prosperity was a suitable theme for a 1960s America in the midst of figuring out what it wanted to be.
Our crew will continue doing what they always do: collaborating and making whatever sacrifice is necessary for the needs of the many. Shame on us if we ignore their example.
The City On the Edge of Forever holds up brilliantly more than fifty years later.
A power-mad villain with the ability to destroy the world is never confined or regulated in any way. That could never happen, right?
One of wisdom’s most essential traits is an alignment between purpose and actions.
We should consumption and commerce aside and care for one another instead.
(Note: This post is viewable as a page elsewhere on this site. If you haven’t read it yet, my introductory post on this Star Trek: The Original Series rewatch is a good place to start. Previous essays on specific episodes can be found here.) Original Air Date: March 2, 1967 Crew Death Count: 0 Bellybuttons:…
When we make war on others, we are, ultimately, making war on our own kind.