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Could a Star Trek future happen?

If we discovered we were no longer alone and met a species of higher intelligence willing to make peace and assist us, would humanity ever put aside their major differences for the common goal of exploration and discovery?

Can we rise above our pettiness?

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Nope. Humanity, as a whole, is incapable.

Agreed, sadly.

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Or would it be more like Ender’s Game? We unite in fear and destroy the aliens in the name of security.

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I’d like to think so. But the dystopia in The Handmaid’s Tale is much more likely.

Admiral Kirk will be born on my birthday in Riverside Iowa. ...how many Trekkie women induce labor on that day could be very confusing but "warp" speed is impossible as are all alleged gods. ...Martian colonies will likely be fewer than a hundred people by then but moon living maybe approach a million people

Warp speed is theoretically possible, just not practical nor efficient at this time. Antimatter has also been artificially created. Cloaking technology is well on its way to having real world applications. Star Trek technology does and can exist, we just haven’t figured out how yet. @GreenAtheist

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Cell phones used to be sci Fi in star trek

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Possible but not probable.

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We would have to do a lot of evolving first. Maybe in another few thousand years if we last that long.

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Can we rise above our pettiness? I very much doubt it. There are far too many people in positions of power who allow their personal insecurities to ruin the lives of others, and this has been going on for the last 5,000 years. I see no reason to think that humanity can rise above this abject position.

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wouldn't that be great--at this point though, we seem to be going backwards

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It does not matter that we will never reach our ultimate goal. The effort yields its own rewards -Data, Star Trek: The Next Generation

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We cannot even live with ourselves as a single human race. We will not accept any other species. Some will claim that they were sent be the devil. Others will claim that they are wearing a costume and it is a conspiracy if they look different than us. Some will never give up the belief that we are god's chosen people, and that we are the center of the universe. We have to learn to live with ourselves first before we can even hope to accept another alien race.

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I do believe so. That being said, Star Trek is set in post WWW 3 earth... 😣

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I'm seeing, at best, a Babylon 5 kind of future. Maybe humans won't kill everyone, maybe we'll get some allies, but I think our species is too selfish and humanocentric to really do well out in the great wide universe.

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Maybe. But Terminator, without the time travel, seems more likely.

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Star Trek is not science fiction. It's outerspace fantasy. Sometimes even outerspace opera without the singing.

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The day we make β€œcontact” will be a seminal moment for humanity to come together for a common goal. I believe some people will remain religious, unfortunately. I dream about a Star Trek-like existence. I think we could get close but our propensity for violence and greed will always keep us from this utopia.

As soon as we find an alien race the missions would be there like a rat up a f---ing drain pipe.

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The klingons have not evloved they would kill each other to say their ship is faster.

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Humans? Affraid not

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And....to go with an earlier post, it may a 'The Day The Earth Stood Still' (The original) sort of future where space plod tell us to sort our shit our first before we go galavanting off smile001.gif

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I'd love to think we could and would boldly go but I fear the human species, once known across the cosmos, would set off alarm bells wherever we went and the pan galactic authoroites would have us with L plates on for eons because, quite frankly, we're lunatics.

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It seems to me that we are useing the planets resources at such a rate that we don't have time to develop the technology for light speed travel before those resources are exhausted.
What happens when fossil fuels run out? Flying machines cannot use battery power and I don't think we can grow enough oil bearing plants to fill the fuel gap.
Any aliens out there are probably as grounded as we are!

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When I was a kid growing up with ST Original Series I thought so. Not exactly like ST, even as a kid I knew it was TV fiction. But something like it. I wouldn't live to see it, the 23rd century. (Kinda of pissed me off then that I wouldn't live to see it. ) But we were going to the moon and it seemed like the right path. But now, I know I'm not going to miss anything, except seeing our species sink into oblivion. So, no, Star Trek is wonderful fantasy, like King Arthur. But it's not going to happen. What's so damn annoying is we could make it happen. We lack nothing to achieve it except the will to rise above our antiquated economic systems, our foolish prejudices, and our attachment to mysticism, supernaturalism and magic based thinking. Sad.

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We arnt going to be around that long.

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Anything can happen but somethings very unlikely.

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I ain't counting on it.

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Why do they have to be superior? Why not at least equal? The closer, perhaps the closer in age their solar systems are, etc. ... .

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