‘Star Trek: TNG’ & What ‘God’ Actually Is

An important question from someone with deep but quite reasoned out misgivings about ‘God’ and deities in general:

“Free will for humans means no interference from deities and life has no meaning without at least the appearance of free will if not actual free will, making any deity bound to a non-interference policy and reliant on fickle faith for worship – and what need does an omnipotent being have of worship, unless all creatures crave unconditional love? In which case, are dogs to humans as humans are to deities? But a dog’s love is limited in scope and by lifespan – although there is no upper limit to the quality of doggie love.

Borg as represented in other, later than TNG Star Trek series

In which case, is god like the Star Trek Borg, adding each of our individual distinctiveness back into the hive whole with Death being merely the collecting mechanism?”

You are quite right to point out that such a God as the ‘God in hell’ that you describe before, only and boringly watching everything inexorably unfold, would be a total absurdity, and the deities you describe would be too.  So obviously What is actually there is NOT that kind of God or deities, but a kind of divinity altogether different than what you describe, and operating in a different way too.

I’m so glad you mention the Borg of ‘Star Trek’ (in the series ‘The Next Generation’ at least, of which I am a complete fan, except only two or three dark episodes).

Yes, the Borg do start out on the principle of growth that you describe. But if you have looked at the entire TNG series (Warning to any reader: Spoilers ahead!!!), you will remember how they too will start finally to evolve towards individualization and personal free will, thanks precisely to their contact with the ‘Enterprise’ team around Captain Jean-Luc Picard, all embodying one way or the other the inner qualities developed by humans and at least some individuals of the other species in their further evolution after our times.

It is the genuine love and compassion spontaneously felt and expressed by Geordi for the captured lone surviving Borg (from a crashed small ship), a young fellow, that makes this Borg experience for the first time friendship, that is, love from someone else for himself as an individual person and the reciprocal feeling from himself. Then to have a name of his own, to be trusted and to have crucial choices to make by himself will help him wake up even more to what it means to have free will, and to love. This fundamental change in him will become contagious to his whole  mother-ship when he returns to it.
In the last ‘Borg’ episode (more Spoilers ahead!…), the ‘Enterprise’ crew is faced with all those changed Borgs now needing a leader and having found one, alas, in the devious and cruel liar Lore, the only brother  android Data has, but perverted by the additional capacity of emotion (including jealousy and ambition…) without the central propensity towards goodness and actual love that Data unwittingly does have. It is the friendship between the young Borg they had saved, and Geordi, which will in the end save them all, through the irresistible re-emergence of that temporarily zapped fundamental inner quality in Data, enabling him to finally resist his too clever brother’s confusing influence, and to turn him off once and for all, ending at last the constant deadly threat Lore had become not only to Data himself and his ‘Enterprise’ friends, but to the whole galactic area they were exploring.

Android Lt Commander Data & his identical but devious brother Lore

And the individualized Borgs?… Realizing now the dangers of wrong leadership, they have chosen to trust and follow the most truly advanced of them all, the one already awakened to Love… They can henceforth continue to evolve on their own, from that healthy and promising new basis.
This entire story I find absolutely great and totally inspiring.
And in this ‘Star Trek: TNG’ in general, you will notice that there is no ‘God’ mentioned anywhere, except in the beliefs of some of the cultures they visit on other planets, who are still primitive enough to adore whatever more powerful and mysterious beings not living on their planet, that they imagine to be supreme deities.
What comes on the contrary quite strongly out of the whole series is the need for all beings to love, not some hypothetical external ‘God’, but  themselves and each other, so as to learn to live and work together in spite of the differences between all of us. Even those few very advanced beings who may be seen as somehow adoring Something, adore simply this very Presence of Love that can be felt everywhere as the universal background and actual Reality of everything there is – including each of us: yes, each of us is in reality that Love, an individualized portion of It, at play with all the others.
If that all-encompassing, ‘divine’ Love that is the origin and source of the very same Love latent in ourselves, is indeed watching all of us grow more and more in our own capacity to love, it is not because It has any need of that Love for Itself, but because, like any truly loving parent, It finds its joy in witnessing the constantly changing and surprising steps in the growth of its innumerable offspring towards their own more and more divine fulfillment of mutual and playful Love in that Oneness.
We all learn and grow through our eternal Play together within that infinite All That Is of Love which contains all the nuances of Love – and even its opposite, the other extreme at the other end of the spectrum: the (almost) total absence of that Love – so that we can choose, each of us, with our unpredictable free will, what we want to experience and radiate moment after moment in our various Bubbles of specific Space-Time conditions, not only on Earth, but also here and there in all the Universes, the many Playgrounds provided for our growth…
This reply of mine has become quite long; ‘Star Trek: The New Generation’ has helped me to explain the central Truth of our existence in a way that I hope will make everything as wonderfully clear and simple to you as it really is.
I’m putting up this explanation now also on my blog as this new post, that it may help other people as well.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Random Ntrygg
    Jul 10, 2011 @ 06:26:43

    It’s interesting how science fiction seems the best medium for existential crisis storylines – In addition to the Borg, the Q also present a deity issue – that of immortality and omnipotence making life somewhat meaningless and not precious, after all, if you aren’t under a time limit and don’t have the strive, existence would get rather tedious and repetitive very quickly



  2. Random Ntrygg
    Jul 10, 2011 @ 06:59:49

    I was just thinking that there’s something about seeing yourself quoted that is like getting a high five to the brain.

    thank you



    • Bhaga
      Jul 10, 2011 @ 07:34:44

      I totally agree with you about Q – at least the member of the Q we get to see in the TNG series!… – as an unbearable but all-powerful spoiled brat kind of god, playing bad tricks on those he arrogantly judges and condemns from the heights of his supposed superiority…!!!
      But do you remember how even he wasn’t let totally loose doing his every whim while he was yet to learn some wisdom and love? He does go overboard and gets scolded for that by the other Q, and greatly limited in his powers for a while. Interestingly enough, he grows actually quite admirative and downright affectionate in his own way, particularly towards Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
      And there is this girl, raised as a human on Earth, who as a young adult in Starfleet discovers she is a Q, but who resists his advice and makes every time the right choices, precisely thanks to the inner quality she has developed while growing among humans.
      Q himself becomes less and less whimsical and ends up really helping Jean-Luc and humanity in general in the very last episode, when humanity is unwittingly going to self-destroy if Jean-Luc doesn’t succeed in finding and undoing in time the root cause of the impending disaster.
      SF is not always used in such a positive and beneficial manner, but in Star Trek and quite a few other contemporary examples of SF, it is used wonderfully indeed, to show us better other possible ways to be, than we are yet aware of. In many cases these SF stories are actually inspired, received from higher levels of consciousness by the minds of those open and vast enough to receive and express them. It is one of the means through which humanity is being helped to evolve further. With such a powerful medium as film especially, it accelerates our collective awakening to higher and truer possibilities, and sparks them in ourselves.



    • Bhaga
      Jul 10, 2011 @ 08:11:17

      Feels great, doesn’t it?!
      Even simply blogging gives something of that exhilaration, don’t you think?
      I hope you don’t mind the fact that I quoted you, yes, but only for demonstrating then in my whole post how wrong you had been to imagine a Borg-like ‘God’!!! 😀
      And here we are just speaking of a story that can be waved aside as only SF, but wait until I post what I still have to post about Robert Monroe and his OBEs and night explorations of dimensions of Reality he never before suspected to exist!…
      Anyway, thanks to you too for having sparked off that so interesting conversation…



  3. mbwilliams
    Jul 11, 2011 @ 20:24:10

    Wow! i love that you have used TNG to explain philosophy! Two great loves of my life combined!!! 🙂

    There is so much wisdom here, I’ll definitely be back to comment again. For now I’ll just highlight how great the idea is of contrasting the vigorous individuality of the Federation and its members against the homogenous unity of the Borg. To me it chimes perfectly with the conscious and unconscious minds (or the two halves of every person)…Or to quote you: the ‘nuances’ of love as opposed to ‘all that is’ love.

    For me poetry is more towards the general, unspecific but all embracing unconscious whereas a more reasoned debate is closer to conscious thought. Only together can the magic that is being an evolving human being come emerge.



    • Bhaga
      Jul 12, 2011 @ 03:02:13

      Great that you too like TNG!
      The terminology used by main stream psychology isn’t precise enough, though, to describe with the needed accuracy all the levels present in a human being: it includes in the ‘unconscious’ the part that is actually superconscious – this too general use of the word ‘unconscious’ leads of course to endless confusion when one tries to discuss such things with others. We will have to clarify a little our own terminology here before we can safely apply it to the two lobes of our present human brain. Very interesting topic indeed. I look forward to your coming back!…



  4. Random Ntrygg
    Jul 12, 2011 @ 02:27:31

    I think I might be blurring a Q episode from Voyager, where one of the Q seeks help to die and cease existing, because everything in the Q is the same for eternity.

    I think that the people who wrote ST:NG, DS9, Voyager and all those shows understood philosophy and used the show to illustrate the various ideas – they very early seeded the idea of a common ancestor to all the space faring major species – which, they’d have to be related enough to make half=breeds or mixes.

    After all, humans can’t make human-chimp hybrids and we’re like less than 1% different and from the same planet.

    But also, no, I don’t mind having my blogs quoted – I was flattered – I often get inspired by blogs that I read to write my own blog on the topic – or in response.



    • Bhaga
      Jul 12, 2011 @ 04:21:26

      I see I have to get myself a copy of those other Star Trek series where the Borg and the Q appear again after being introduced and developed in TNG!… For the time being my knowledge concerning those two species is limited to how they are represented in TNG only. I’m really curious to see how the writers of those other series dealt for example with this existentialist crisis in this bored and suicidal Q that you mention!…
      But whatever their solution has been, the problem that specific Q happened to have doesn’t mean in any way that all immortal life leads ineluctably to boredom as you imply (also on your blog).



  5. dykewriter
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 04:41:18

    Reblogged this on dyke writer.



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