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Why The Star Trek Universe is Secretly Horrifying

While it isn't quite what I expected to see when I saw it flagged up on Youtube, I still think this discussion of the Star Trek universe is worth a watch. As others have noted, it briefly and lightheartedly explores some of the philosophy behind Star Trek, and suggests that the utopic future it tries to portray may in fact be dystopic. A united humanity run by a quasi-military body like starfleet, where people have their needs magically met by replicators and so on, may not be as luxurious as Gene Roddenberry tried to present it as. Mind you, I better point out that this may just be a case of Americans trying to dismiss a future not run in America's image: any vision of the future not wholly based on capitalism cannot be good, can it. Thus it says that, without the need to compete, people would just become lazy and unmotivated, obviously having been brainwashed to believe that people cannot cooperate for cooperation's sake, and there is nothing more to life than competition and greed.

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