posted on Dec, 5 2007 @ 09:57 AM
In Star Trek - The Next Generation, there is an episode where an entity named "Ardra" comes back to a planet demanding that they fulfill a
thousand-year old contract.
The contract stated that "Ardra", otherwise known as "The Devil" would bring peace and prosperity on this planet for 1000 years, in exchange that
the evil entity may take possession and enslave the entire civilization when the time of 1000 years had elapsed.
Arbitrating the dispute between the people and Ardra, the crew of the Enterprise asks the people of the planet how the sweeping changes occurred which
brought them peace and prosperity, and whether Ardra was present making those changes directly.
What they found was this:
1) The people reformed their society by changing existing laws to promote equality, peace, and justice.
2) They cleaned up the planet's pollution.
3) They built long-lasting infrastructure, roads, buildings, bridges, and farms.
4) They directed financial resources towards peaceful endeavors rather than profits and warfare.
5) They learned to create machines and systems in society which produced more, with less pollution, and no waste.
When the people revealed this to the arbitrators, Ardra objected and said that they had all done these things via her influence.
Later in the episode, the crew of the Enterprise found a cloaked ship and crew working on the holographic images, magic tricks, and earthquakes which
were attributed to be the power of the coming god Ardra.
Once this was found, both sides realized that the people of the planet had actually saved themselves, and that the supposed God was nothing but an
opportunist charlatan attempting to enslave their civilization.
So, I ask you... Do we need leaders to corral us into saving the earth? Can we do it ourselves, from the ground up? What changes in our mindset need
to occur before we believe that positive changes can happen? And those who stand up claiming to have the people's interest in mind, would we be wise
in trusting them?
“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” - H. L. Menken
[edit on 5-12-2007 by dionysius9]