Over at Man Of Roma I commented, probably at too much length, on a post about the possible future of America’s cultural footprint in the world, both low and high brow. MoR’s displays a gratifying warmth toward many things American, but a passing mention that he was no fan of Star Trek coincided oddly with my receipt of the video below in another conversation altogether.
I posted a short defense of the things I felt Star Trek had done right — profiling women and nonwhites as competent leaders, beguiling young people with its admittedly potted science into careers as engineers and physicists. But this is one space-flight issue the series never did address.
One thinks, almost, of alchemy — light and splendor from the putrefactio. Somewhere there is a modern Yeats or Donne whose metaphor awaits.