Each year, at the end of the year, I create a Legal Bytes piece intended to be more thoughtful and philosophical than the articles posted during the year. Thank you, in advance, for reading and allowing me to attempt to provide some insight and thoughtfulness to your day, in what I hope is an enlightening and entertaining manner. While my normal postings are designed to bring you news, updates and thoughts about timely events, this is one is longer – and arguably less exciting – and asks you to indulge me in a bit of philosophy, or what passes for an attempt at philosophy about the year past and the year ahead.
This article will contain no hypertext links to distract you; it will not have citations to offer more information about a snippet; nor will it dazzle you with factoids or intrigue you with today’s news. It’s just me philosophizing, my one chance during the year to ramble about where we’ve been and where I think we might be headed – without any credentials, qualifications or expertise to do so.
So loyal Legal Bytes’ readers, you don’t have to buckle up or fasten any seat belts. Just pull up an easy chair, open your Blackberry, your Kindle, your Droid, your iPhone, PC, Laptop, Netbook, Web-TV, PDA, or whatever your favorite Legal Bytes’ reading device might be; pour a glass of tea (or whatever your liquid of choice might be), sit back and enjoy . . . and again, thank you. So here goes.
I’m a Star Trek fan. I’ve watched all of the television episodes, starting from the day Captain Pike, bound to a wheelchair resulting from his own heroism, is taken to the very first virtual world I can recall being displayed in mass media. I’ve watched all of the Star Trek movies. I confess to being a victim of an "even number" preference, culminating so far in this last Star Trek – certainly among, if not the favorite of all of them.
Computers that can search for anything and everything. Touch screens and voice commands. Warp speed and instant communication across multiple languages and without regard to geography or time zones. All that with a bit of humor, a bit of clever philosophy and a social network (crew) that have hugely diverse (one might say inter-planetary) ethnic, cultural and racial characteristics, and at the same time work seamlessly together as a team. More than science fiction, Star Trek is really science within fiction, and a fiction that might just be reality if we close our eyes long enough and hard enough. Most of all, to boldly go where most of us have never gone before isn’t really referring to space as the "final frontier," is it?
Now I know not everyone is a Trekkie, and I confess that while I am a big fan, I’m not really obsessed. I don’t go to conventions or wear uniforms, nor do I run around screaming "Beam me up," although I do confess to a feeble attempt at a Scottish accent when I respond "I can’t do it, Captain." So what is it that makes me able to watch over and over again and relish each scene and each episode, and look forward to each new motion picture? It’s not simply because I like science fiction. Nor is it solely because of an ensemble cast, made up of some extraordinarily fine individual actors who work extraordinarily well with each other and with scripts that combine serious science fiction with some tongue-in-cheek individualism, not always in human form.
Let me digress to a personal, but relevant anecdote. Many years ago I had the pleasure of actually meeting Leonard Nimoy. I won’t go into detail, but on behalf of a client, I had contacted Phil Gersh, the gentleman (a true gentleman) who represented Mr. Nimoy at the time, and Mr. Gersh must have relayed our conversation to Mr. Nimoy, resulting in a meeting in New York. It was over lunch, very relaxed and informal, but I admit to feeling an amazing sense of excitement, good fortune and privilege at being able to actually sit down and talk with someone I had long admired as an actor, writer, director and producer.
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