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 STAR-TREK: The True Story
Modern Man in Search of A Soul1
You can read about the documentary Star-Trek: The True Story, at the following link.  This doco was originally televised in the US on the Discovery Channel on 5 January 2013.  Go to: http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_True_Story. I will not give you, therefore, the details of this program that I watched last night,2 as my cocktail of anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medication began to take effect and produce its sleepy-euphoric state.  I have enjoyed many of the Star-Trek episodes over the years since its inception in 1964 when I was a student at university in a four-year honours history and philosophy course in Ontario Canada.1 -Ron Price with thanks to: 1 Carl Jung, 1933, and 2ABC TV, 10:55 to 11:40 p.m. 28 July 2013.

The Star Trek franchise created by Roddenberry has produced story material for five decades, all of my adult-life. It resulted in six television series consisting of 726 episodes, and twelve feature films. The popularity of the Star Trek universe and films inspired the parody, homage, and cult film Galaxy Quest in 1999 which was released as I was retiring from a 50 year student-working life: 1949-1999.  Star-Trek also inspired many books, video games and fan films set in the various "eras" of the Star Trek universe which readers can read about in detail at Wikipedia.

I watched many episodes of Star-Trek
back in the 1980s and 1990s while my
son was growing-up….I never became
the enthusiast both he and his mother,
my wife, were and still are, as this TV
series continues its life beyond its first
5 decades toward the century ‘64-2064.
I found it interesting, somewhat surprising,
to hear about Roddenbery’s shortcomings
and failings as a human being. So often we
know so little about the real person in life,
even if they run-the-gauntlet of the TV in-
depth interview. Perhaps that is why Freud
said a true biography can never be written.
Still, writers will keep trying to unearth the
inside story of some human being. And so
it is that biographies and autobiographies
will continue on their merry-way into the
future as we try to understand ourselves!!1

1  “A man like me,” wrote Freud, “cannot live without a hobby-horse, a consuming passion,” in Schiller's words---a tyrant.” Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller(1759-1805) was a German poet, philosopher, historian, and playwright.  “I have found my tyrant,” continued Freud, “and in his service I know no limits. My tyrant is psychology. It has always been my distant, beckoning goal and now… it has come so much the nearer.” Perhaps sci-fi was Roddenberry’s ‘tyrant’. I certainly know mine, a tyrant which I slowly became accustomed to in the 1950s and 1960s before working within its administrative Order from the far north of Canada to the far-south of Tasmania.

1.1 “The life-work of Freud had been devoted to understanding as fully as possible the world of man’s soul.  To Freud psyche and soul were the same, conscious and unconscious mental life. Psychoanalysis is the science of the soul.”--Erich Fromm, The Art of Listening, Constable, London, 1994, p.75.

1.2 Dreams are the result of the activity of our own soul. -Sigmund Freud in Freud and Man’s Soul, Bruno Bettleheim, A.A. Knopf, NY, 1983, p.71. The goal of psychanalysis is to integrate the emotional life and the intellectual life. idem. Your unconsciousness is your companion. Persona is a protection. In my case, my dreams seem to be the result of my medications.

1.3 “I am actually not at all a man of science, not an observer, not an experimenter, not a thinker. I am by temperament nothing but a conquistador, an adventurer, if you want it translated, with all the curiosity, daring, and tenacity characteristic of a man of this sort.”–Freud in a Letter to Wilhelm Fliess, Feb. 1, 1900. The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess 1887-1904 (1985).

1.4 “The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.Ultimately, after endlessly repeated rebuffs, it succeeds. This is one of the few points in which it may be optimistic about the future of mankind, but in itself it signifies not a little.”

Ron Price


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