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SustainableGrowth
Mon, Dec 18, 2017, 1:20am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Far Beyond the Stars

I did not like this episode when it first aired. I was someone who, as an intelligent, progressive student in an English Lit class in 1987 reviewing The Color Purple, dismissed it to the prof saying "this book would have been valuable before the success of the Civil Rights movement but it is now moot. Alice Walker is taking a victory lap." How young and ignorant I was back then.

Finding myself now aghast at the re-dawning of what the older wiser me has, since then, come to realize is a Cycle of Hate that appears endemic to the culture we've created, I am now hopeful that stories like this DS9 episode will continue to stoke a flame of truth that even the mounting ashes of racial/gender/economic inequality cannot quell.

No one likes to appear stupid. It's beyond valuable that a burgeoning cell of 3 young white boys-- children unaware of their own privilege, yet already sensing the usefulness of ganging up on those less fortunate-- be made to feel a little bit dumb as a result of watching this episode, realizing their bully shtick is not cutting edge, but rather far older and even less successful than the generation they are already, not coincidentally, beginning to resent.

In the spirit of the holidays, I am choosing to believe that this latest Cycle of Hate is more of the "15 minutes of fame" variety, and that the spirit embodied by the Trek Universe will once again find itself in ascendancy for the next several generations.
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