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On This Thanksgiving

candles-smallYes, I’m a Star Trek fan.  I don’t play with phasers or go to conventions, but I like the characters, the settings, the cool often physics-defying technology, and the underlying theme of hope for the human race.  I watched one of the movies yesterday.  I’ll leave it to the trekkies to figure out which, but most of it takes place on Earth after traveling back in time to the year 2063.  From there a reference is made that within 50 years, all hunger, poverty, and war will be wiped out as the human race becomes united in a way it never thought possible.

I am reflecting on this hopeful future as this week of Thanksgiving has turned to one of mourning and remembrance of nearly 200 fallen in Mumbai.  They were of different nationalities, different genders, different ages, and different faiths, but had in common that they were brutally slaughtered by sociopaths.

Their murderers were not insane madmen.  They decided, planned, prepared, coordinated, and acted.  They not only embodied barbarism and hatred, but wasted potential.  We, they, and their victims share over 99.99% of the same DNA.  We, they, and their victims are all us.  How can we as a species transcend this incredible nonsense?  Can we ever, or is it just an inescapable consequence of billions of people crowded together with the various imbalances of human nature?

According to the Star Trek timeline, we have about 100 years to make good; less than one year per Mumbai victim.  What would it really take?  The human race has been at it for 100,000 years, so it would seem that normal evolution won’t cut it in the next 100.  It would take something truly disruptive, so global in scope, so profound in meaning, so undeniable in faith, that the remaining cells of these warped strains would be too small to be biologically viable and become in essence an endangered species.

Can this happen in the next century?  With all my heart I hope yes.  However, history says no.  Either way, I’ll be thinking good thoughts for the families and friends of those so sadly taken on this Thanksgiving.