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The Unlikely Lesson I Learned From Watching a TV Show

I watched Star Trek (The Original Series) for the first time about four years ago.

It’s the last TV Series that I watched for a complete season, and it’s also the oldest TV show that I have seen — it was released way back in 1966.

Many Star Wars fans dislike Star Trek with a passion (even if they have never seen it), so being a big Star Wars fan myself, I avoided watching it for the longest time.

But then I finally decided to give it a chance once my elder brother started watching and told me it was interesting.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Star Trek, here’s a brief description about the TV series,

The show is set in the Milky Way galaxy during the 2260s and follows the adventures of the spaceship USS Enterprise and its crew on “its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations."

When I finally got round to watch it, I found that Star Trek was unlike any TV show that I had seen before – in a good way.

What I instantly liked about Star Trek was that unlike most other TV shows, there was a certain depth and substance to it. It was entertaining, but at the same time, it also made you think deeply.

One thing that I particularly liked about Star Trek was its portrayal of the antagonists in the show.

Usually, movies and TV shows tend to portray heroes and villains in black-and-white terms, but Star Trek would go beyond this simplistic portrayal and often had morally grey antagonists.

The show made you feel compassion for the antagonists and made you think and see things from their point of view. It would show why the “villains” did what they did, not because of cruel intentions but rather out of a sense of helplessness.

It would make me wonder about something that my mother would often say. Instead of feeling anger at people who commit grave crimes, what she would feel instead was compassion.

She would remark that the perpetrator of wicked crimes could only commit such acts if they were deeply hurting inside.

As the saying goes, “Hurt people, hurt people”. You may want to slow down and read that again; it’s something that's always worth keeping in mind.

Virtually nobody who is genuinely happy and at peace would want to hurt people or even consider committing a crime.

In our own lives, it’s often easy to think of ourselves as always being right and other people as wrong. Or see ourselves as good and the other as bad.

But that is often viewing things in rather simplistic terms, like how most movies portray the villains as heartless people undeserving of any compassion.

People in real life are usually infinitely more complex than labels such as bad or evil.

So, often it’s best to let go of classifying people into such categories and adopt a more compassionate approach by seeing things from others’ point of view.

While doing this may not be easy, it is indeed possible for all of us, and it can help us journey through life without being needlessly burdened by the weight of anger and grudges


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