One of my favorite Star Trek The Next Generation episodes is the two parter, “The Best of Both Worlds.”

If you’ve never seen these episodes, then I will tell you now…


OK, long story short, the BORG have come to the Alpha Quadrant and are destroying and assimilating everything and everyone in their path. These hive minded, cybernetic organics have one purpose: to assimilate all into their collective thereby adding to the perfection of the  Borg.

It’s up to the Starship Enterprise to try and slow them down while the rest of the starships gather at Wolf 359 for a battle. Captain Jean Luc Picard gets kidnapped and turned into a Borg against his will. He is forced to give up command codes that allow the Borg to put the beat down on the United Federation of Planets.

Picard would never in a million years choose to betray the UFP, his command or his crew. The Captain is no longer allowed to choose his course of action. He is, temporarily, a member of a race whose will is a collective mindset.

None on board this Borg vessel have the ability to think for themselves, choose their destinies, discern what’s best for their individual lives.

Science Fiction isn’t just about giving a glimpse into the future of technology. Sci-fi also has a really great habit of showing us a mirror reflection of the human condition–of reminding us what we have to gain and lose.

There are many who would attempt to assimilate each of us to their way of thinking, because they blindly believe that their way is the only way or they want to build their own empires. And equally, there are many who would gladly allow the  assimilation so that they could give up the responsibilities of life.

The crew of the Enterprise refused to give up their captain without a fight. They were able to not only bring him back to humanity, but use him to stop the invasion. Their choices saved the galaxy.

While this is fictional, I have to wonder, what each of our choices today are fueled by, and what those choices will bring about for our future.

Will we be assimilated and destroyed by believing the hype, or will we fight for a better future.

You chose!

Patrick Stewart as Locutus, the assimilated Je...
Patrick Stewart as Locutus, the assimilated Jean-Luc Picard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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