Our ship was docked at Starbase 460 (SDA church) for repairs when I came across a retired admiral who engaged me in conversation. After some superficial banter, we began to converse about various subjects and eventually touched on music. She talked about not liking Janis Joplin because she didn’t believe in God. Our conversation ended shortly thereafter.
I always find it peculiar when other officers try to judge each other; especially celebrities. Most of the time, we only have a few low quality snapshots of those we come across. Only an omniscient being would be able to take into account a person’s biology, upbringing, intelligence, motivations over time to be able really judge adequately. Our primal reaction is to see someone acting or believing a certain way and to condemn them, assuming that’s how they’ll always be. I think a lot of times if we were able to see how far a person has progressed despite their difficult past, we would be a lot more sympathetic.
Another captain said the following to me, “I’m starting to accept the fact, I don’t know how to interact with others so well…. I find it hard not to tell em to shut up. how do you do it?”.
Me: “At different points we all have bad days, weeks, months, years even. I just assume that they are having a bad day/week etc.
At different points in my life, I have found myself saying things I shouldn’t. Not only that but I’ve lashed out at others who were only trying to give constructive criticism.”
Later this captain said, “I hate religions, all them. Catholics killed lots people, so f them, I get ‘notre dame though, the history that was lost’. Big whoop, it’s materials”
Me: “My take it on it is this:
I don’t necessarily think the problem is the main tenets of belief; the concept of loving one another, being humble, disciplined, not being overly indulgent, knowing there’s something more powerful than yourself and that you’ll be held accountable for your actions eventually.
I think what happens in most large organizations is that the power-hungry psychopaths get into positions of power and steer the organizations to follow their own corrupt goals.”
Captain X: “Maybe true, but why they gotta be know it alls? Or they say something I take offensive, and I say anything in regards to it, I’m the bad guy?”.
Me: “I agree with you on the know-it-all thing. When people feel like they have THE Truth, then by that logic , everyone else that doesn’t believe exactly like them is wrong and/or stupid”.
Captain X: “We worship celebrities, and inanimate objects..but then idiots be like. “Omg the art, history “
Me: “People donating money at the time wanted to do it to serve God’s will but then the people in charge use it to further their own ego and legacy.
Imagine how much more they could help people with all that money they’re spending on maintaining this fancy building…And a lot of the other people just are too brain dead or caught up in their own shit to really realize what’s happening”
Captain X:, “Syria had advanced medical and other tech, but they had to March on em in Jesus name..You and I could be living in the Andromeda system and banging aliens.
Me: “Outside knowledge threatened the ‘all knowing’ popes and bishops ..The thing is there’s nothing in science that necessarily threatens the basic principles of being spiritual. It just undermined the powerful.
People like me need to rise up and take it to these fuckers. I just ..I dunno how.
Just…don’t let the bullshit of some believers distract you from the what’s out here… Most people are poorly educated, overwhelmed by life and just shitty..I can only encourage you to quiet your own mind and listen…there really is something else on the boundaries of perception here with us…”.
As I put in coordinates for my next mission, I find myself wondering about the logistics of trying to implement my perspectives.