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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Too Woke? - 21-sep21

“New Trek has grown too woke!”

the embittered regressive grumbled

like the curmudgeon he was.

Clearly he forgot

that within the three seasons of the original series

the topics of sexism, racism, greed, jingoism, and classism

were explored fearlessly and enthusiastically.

Not to mention that it was Star Trek

that featured our nation’s first interracial kiss

on broadcast television;

a source of great controversy in its day.

Like Buckminster Fuller and Dr. Martin Luther King,

Gene Roddenberry used his expertise

to promote humanity’s journey

from competition and cruelty

to cooperation and compassion

in the form of a post-scarcity economy.

When science fiction is at its best

it explores all the arts and sciences

with the intention of evolving our species.

Look, look at their claw marks upon the earth

and you can see where regressive sci-fi geeks

we dragged to greater degrees of love,

kicking, and screaming, and certainly against their will.

Let us conclude

with a simple

call to action

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