The Lesson of the Kobayashi Maru
I love the old Star Trek series. I watched whatever episode was on, no matter if I had seen it five times earlier. It is a testament to the superb talent of Gene Rodenberry.
The Kobayashi Maru was a game designed to test the reaction of a soldier, a warrior, an officer and a man or woman faced with unbeatable odds. Kirk reprogrammed it,. Technically, it is cheating.
I see it from a whole different perspective. It is man's will to survive. It is inherent in him. When Kirk reprogrammed the computer so that he can beat the game..and he was the only one at the Starfleet Academy who did so, he merely practiced ingenuity.
Spock got what he wanted. The reaction of a human being. Probably not what he would have liked but a reaction nevertheless.
I must admit that growing up I identified more with Spock than I did with Kirk. I am fascinated by logic, but sooner or later I realized that logic has limits.
In much the same way the writings of Ayn Rand mesmerized me from the time I was 12 years old, over a span of many, many years, and then I also realized the limits of such an ideal.
It does not account for the gamut of human emotions that make us all alive, the fires of passion that makes us all, humans.
And this is the same reason I go back to my old KJV again and again ..tattered from so many years of use and read about David the King, again and again.
He was, just like us, human.
© 2010 by Melinda M. Sorensson
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