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The Lesson of the Kobayashi Maru

Updated on March 4, 2010

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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      msorensson 7 years ago

      I love how you summed it up, Tony. Thank you!!

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      A good reminder that reason and logic without the "fires of passion" is deadening and without reason and logic those same "fires of passion" could burn us up.

      Thanks for this insightful Hub.

      Love and peace


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      msorensson 8 years ago

      Oh.. this thought has occurred to me soo many times, but my logical mind would not accept it at the time.

      Thank you for voicing it out, someonewhoknows. I watched them because of the conversations..They are brilliant.

      Thank you for stopping by.

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      someonewhoknows 8 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      I remmember watching star trek when it first came out.I loved watching every episode.I've often wondered where Gene Rodeberry got his Character's and how he came up with all the science and various curtural themes from.Personally,I think most if,not all of the fantasy movies,and books many of them came from were inspired by science and extratriestrials influencing our personal and collective consciousness to familierize us with the true natue of existance in the universe and beyond it.The same with all the movies on time travel,etc.

      Many people,maybe most people still find it still to be fiction ,rather than fact based on science and religion.I know for a fact that there are scientists who believe a lot of this so-called fiction to be in truth ,fact.They say seeing is believing.There is probably more seeing than the average person knows about.

      Like it says in the bible let those who can see ,see and those who can hear,hear.None are so blind as those who will not see,and those who will not hear.

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      msorensson 8 years ago

      No..not only for the young.

      In the book of Koans, a Zen Master was described as "instead of being enfeebled by age, he was empowered by it."

      Thank you for "cycling by" [smiles]

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      Micky Dee 8 years ago

      "Galloping around the universe is for the young"! Thanks

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      msorensson 8 years ago

      I love that.."reason stalls without intuition"

      Thanks...ohh.. btw so experience.

      Thank you.

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      AlexK2009 8 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      All Ideas have limits.

      Godel showed that any non trivial formal system that is consistent is not complete that is it contains statements the truth of which is not decidable within the system. This places limits on theory in any field. If it is consistent it is not complete, if complete it is not consistent.

      In simpler terms this means thinking can only take you part of the way. They you have to experiment.

      In more abstract "Spiritual" terms Reason stalls without intuition to give it fuel and intuition needs, if possible, to be assessed with reason lest it degenerates into wishful thinking or ungrounded fears


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