There’s too much division with Star Trek fans, with too many believing that what you like or don’t like somehow determines your quality as a person.
There is not going to be a winner in the fandom if people continue to put their ideologies ahead of the basic belief of treating one another with respect. You can like or not like whatever you want. It does not make you a bad or good person. Treating members of the fandom this way is inherently pigheaded and wrong. Closing yourself off to others opinions doesn’t make you intelligent, it makes you narrowminded.
With Star Trek, the original idea was that all were welcomed. Not “the right ones” are welcomed. Fans on both sides have forgotten that this is supposed to be a place to escape from our problems. A thing that’s supposed to provide us with a reprieve to escape for the harshness of reality.
Yet, there are those in the community actively trying to push one another out and for what reason? To be right? Is the cost of a fandom worth being right? That’s why this week’s Sunday Seminar should go to James T. Kirk. In the episode Elaan of Troyius of the original series, Captain James T. Kirk spoke about the idea of prejudices. While in the context of the ’60s it was geared towards the idea of race, but today it has a much broader context.
No matter what side you’re on, there seem to be prejudices and assumptions made all the time about all sorts of groups of people. That’s why the quote bares so much power today.
"It’s been my experience that the prejudices people feel about each other disappear when they get to know each other."
Maybe it’s time fans stop finding reasons to hate on one another and start finding reasons to love one another. We all love Star Trek. So that’s a start.
Let’s be better to one another, and remember;
Live Long and Prosper.