We are the generation that grew up
on Star Trek and Star Wars
and Lost In Space and Kung Fu
and the Apollo program.
Can I get a witness, y’all?
We already know there are civilizations
out there more advanced than we,
and some less. We memorized
the Prime Directive* (though the old definition
needs to be “decolonized”) so we’ll know
how to act when we meet them
in inner or outer space.
Our superpower status/unipolar moment
may not have given us the best preparation
for the future prospects and challenges
of intergalactic diplomacy.
Georgetown and Johns Hopkins
and the Foreign Service Institute
might want to second check their curricula.
Times are changing fast.
Are y’all hearing me?
The Prime Directive, also known as Starfleet General Order 1 or the Non-Interference Directive, was the embodiment of one of Starfleet’s most important ethical principles: noninterference with other cultures and civilizations. At its core was the philosophical concept that covered personnel should refrain from interfering in the natural, unassisted, development of societies, even if such interference was well-intentioned. The Prime Directive was viewed as so fundamental to Starfleet that officers swore to uphold the Prime Directive, even at the cost of their own life or the lives of their crew.
A people who free themselves from foreign domination will be free culturally only if, without complexes and without underestimating the importance of positive accretions from oppressor and other cultures, they return to the upward paths of their own culture, which is nourished by the living reality of its environment, and which negates both harmful influences and any kind of subjection to foreign culture. Thus, it may be seen that if imperialist domination has the vital need to practice cultural oppression, national liberation is necessarily an act of culture. –Amilcar Cabral
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