Should We Create a Star Trek Style “Prime Directive” To Protect Native Tribes, Peoples & Sustainable Ways of Life?
For those of you who are not Trekkies (If you’re not, I’m sorry… It will be ok. You might become one after you read this article.) the Prime Directive is basically a rule set forth in the Star Trek universe that forbids interference in alien peoples’ lives and culture.
“…In the fictional universe of Star Trek, the Prime Directive, Starfleet‘s General Order number 1, is the most prominent guiding principle of the United Federation of Planets. The Prime Directive prohibits Starfleet personnel from interfering with the internal development of alien civilizations. It applies particularly to civilizations which are below a certain threshold of development, preventing starship crews from using their superior technology to impose their own values or ideals on them…”
Assimilation by “Civilization”
“Resistance is futile.”
You see it everywhere in the world. “Civilization” encroaches on native peoples, tribes societies, and cultures, and they either get integrated into the “civilized world” or they fight back against the encroachers and get destroyed or assimilated into modern “civilized” society by force. This is the sad story that has happened to thousands of tribes and native peoples from all around the world. It’s usually always the same.
“…Borg is a collective proper noun for a fictional alien race that appears as recurring antagonists in various incarnations of the Star Trek franchise. The Borg are a collection of species that have been turned into cybernetic organisms functioning as drones of the Collective, or the hive. A pseudo-race, dwelling in the Star Trek universe, the Borg force other species into their collective and connect them to “the hive mind”; the act is called assimilation and entails violence, abductions, and injections of microscopic machines called nanoprobes. The Borg’s ultimate goal is “achieving perfection”…”
Notice any similarities here?
We all have our way of life, yet somehow our way (or someone else’s) always seems better or superior to another culture or society. When in reality people are only injecting their own culture and beliefs into someone else’s lives and lifestyles.
People Persecute People
It’s the same thing as injecting your version of religion onto someone, or your own personal conscience into someone’s life or lifestyle. It brings with it an intrinsic arrogance that your way is right, they are wrong, and they must change. It’s a horrible way to go about doing things, it’s dangerous, it’s arrogant, it’s wrong, and it’s caused many millions of people much pain and suffering.
The Green Movement
To a point, the Green Movement (sustainable living) has also experienced this attempted assimilation to a milder degree, by those opponents of sustainable living. Namely those who are already assimilated into modern “civilized” society. Those who tend to be afraid of change, inject their own conscience and beliefs into another society’s culture.
Many of the tens of millions of people around the world who are going green, living a sustainable life, rebuilding their lives in a whole new subculture, are being persecuted for their way of life.
Laws are being passed. Urban farmers are having their crops destroyed and they’re being kicked off their land or threatened with hefty fines if they don’t live their lives according to how society tells them to live.
People are being ticketed and fined astronomical fines for growing their own food on their own land under the guise of “health and safety” regulations, which completely ignores the fact people safely grow their own food, build their own shelters, raise their children, and live sustainable lives all over the world without problems.
People are being thrown in jail for collecting rainwater. People have been forbidden to raise a few chickens on their property due to neighborhood nuisance ordinances or ill conceived HOA rules. Farmers are being sued and bankrupted because companies want to make a profit.
My own parents (who are elderly and disabled and in ill health) had the police called on them for the lawn not being mowed and having dogs in the yard. This has caused my parents stress and worry, and endangers their already frail health.
Yet, the authorities don’t seem to care about that. Everyone is a number, an address, and a suspect in their book.
In fact the the authorities have nuisance abatement vehicles that look much like SWAT vans, and the police dress in tactical uniforms much like SWAT teams. They raid farms and ranches and small town homes just like SWAT teams as well, armed and use force to intimidate urban and rural farmers.
They might as well dress like this…
Because THIS isn’t far from it.
Now of course, this is a ridiculous comparison. The Borg aren’t real. But the ideology of the Borg is there.
The assimilation mentality coupled with the laws of conformity threatens to encroach on our lifestyle in a violent way. If we do not conform, we will be assimilated, by force if need be. It’s happening already, all over the world.
So how do we fix it?
First we need to ask ourselves. Is this happening on purpose? Is there some great conspiracy to take over the world?
I don’t think so, and even if there was, the people wouldn’t allow it. Eventually ALL dictatorial governments fall to revolution of the people. ALL. There is NO exception. Ever, in the history of the world, it has always been that way, and it always will.
Unless we simply move in a different direction.
See, fighting makes fighting worse. It escalates, it propagates and perpetuates anger and fear, and that in turn spreads the violence and escalates to the point of no-return.
OK. So it’s not a conspiracy. What is it?
It’s a way of life, that’s being forced on people by those who think people should live a certain way, or who are afraid of or disapprove of another society’s/culture’s/community’s/individual’s lifestyle.
It’s a State of Mind, not the Mind of the State.
To change the way things are headed (corporate elite are scared, and are in fear of the people revolting) we must change the way the people in power perceive those who do not have power, or who have very little power. It’s also about stopping inadvertent (or blatant) forced conformity.
The Prime Directive is the idea that the powers that be, leave the people alone because the people MUST grow on their own without outside influence. Now this can be taken to the extreme and could be a bad thing for some. So one must weigh this logic with a bit of empathy.
One cannot simply leave people who are homeless without a home, or hungry without food. We must feed the hungry and house the homeless and care for the sick.
The Slippery Slope of the Prime Directive
Balance must be had, and care must be taken not to impose too much on people, and to respect their culture and way of life. At the same time, we have an intrinsic human duty to help those who need help. This poses a paradox of sorts. If you help someone too much, they become dependent and you enable their dependence by continuing to help them. But at the same time if you withhold help completely you now become the inhumane one by ignoring the ones who need help.
How much help is too much? When does “help” turn to “harm”?
It’s not about social welfare or giving someone a handout, and neither is it about ignoring those who need help. It’s about finding a balance between the two.
It’s about establishing a set of guiding principles that take into account the fundamental and foundational structure of a society and not infringe on their culture or way of life, but also give aid where needed.
Respect the Wishes of The People
Lets say there is a culture that wishes to simply be left alone, and live their lives the way they see fit. Well, that’s fine. We leave them alone. Simple right?
There are many variable and factors involved. This is where empathy and respect, and welfare and protection must be balanced or the people doing the “helping” become the oppressors and dictators.
We have a human duty to help those who need help. We also have a human duty to protect those who need protecting. We have a duty to respect people’s lifestyles and not judge others by our own ideologies or way of life. We cannot interfere with the way people live their lives unless they are harming others. Even if it becomes a matter of life and death (aside from neglect or violence).
It will be hard to restrain ourselves from injecting our ideologies and lives into another society’s culture. But we can do it. We don’t have to control people. And people do not wish to be controlled.
The Best Way Is To Leave People Alone
No one is saying leave people alone completely. But to balance lifestyles by balancing empathy with respect.
The Prime Directive is an idea way ahead of it’s time. As a philosophy it’s a good idea. It is humanity, unfiltered, and with great foresight. It’s thought-provoking ideology is one that preserves humanity and empathy while also protecting societies and cultures from encroachment.
It’s a way for societies to move ahead and progress without becoming dictatorial or oppressive.
It allows people to live their lives peacefully, and in peace.
It’s a way of life, and to live.
So. What Do You Think?
Should we create a Prime Directive?
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