#7: "Things are only impossible until they're not."~Star Trek: The Next Generation, Jean-Luc Picard
#6: "Every moment of pleasure in life has to be purchased by an equal moment of pain." ~Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Up the Long Ladder," Danilo O'Dell
#5: "Having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting, it may not be logical but it is often true." ~Star Trek, Mr. Spock
#4: "Sometimes you just have to bow to the absurd." ~Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Up the Long Ladder," Jean-Luc Picard, Stardate 42823.2
*****Note: Since I see such huge response on the stats, I will "sweeten the pot" for the winner. You may choose any of my foreign language Bibles that are "modern languages." (Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Farsii (Arabic,) French, or Russian. The African Bible has been given away previously. They appear on my Kid's Site at http://www.animatedfaithzone.com/pentecost-sunday-a-christian-celebration.html
#3: "I must acknowledge, once and for all, that the purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis." ~Star Trek, Mr. Spock
We have a winner! Emil contacted me on Twitter with the correct answer. He must be a true Trekkie, and Star Trek :) was the Television series with these quotes. But, first, for the final two quotes:
#2: "You will never come up against a greater adversary than your own potential, my young friend." ~Michael Piller & Michael Wagner, Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Evolution," Dr. Paul Stubbs to Wesley Crusher, original airdate 25 September 1989, stardate 43,125.8
#1: "Your Honor, a courtroom is a crucible. In it, we burn away irrelevancies until we're left with a pure product - the truth, for all time." ~Star Trek: The Next Generation, "The Measure of a Man," Jean-Luc Picard
To give a little background on the framework of the show's creation for those non-Trekkies out there:
Star Trek stories usually depict the adventures of humans and aliens who serve in Starfleet, the space-borne humanitarian and peacekeeping armada of the United Federation of Planets. The protagonists are essentially altruists, whose ideals are sometimes imperfectly applied to the dilemmas presented in the series. The conflicts and political dimensions of Star Trek sometimes represent allegories for contemporary cultural realities: Star Trek: The Original Series addressed issues of the 1960s, just as later spin-offs have reflected issues of their respective decades. Issues depicted in the various series include war and peace, the value of personal loyalty, authoritarianism, imperialism, class warfare, economics, racism, religion, human rights, sexism, feminism, and the role of technology. Roddenberry stated: "[By creating] a new world with new rules, I could make statements about sex, religion, Vietnam, politics, and intercontinental missiles. Indeed, we did make them on Star Trek: we were sending messages and fortunately they all got by the network."
Roddenberry intended the show to have a highly progressive political agenda reflective of the emerging counter-culture of the youth movement, though he was not fully forthcoming to the networks about this. He wanted Star Trek to show humanity what it might develop into, if only it would learn from the lessons of the past, most specifically by ending violence. An extreme example is the Vulcans, who had a very violent past but learned to control their emotions. Roddenberry also wanted to imply an anti-war message and to depict the United Federation of Planets as an ideal, optimistic version of the United Nations. His efforts were thwarted by the network's concerns over marketability, e.g., they were opposed to Roddenberry's insistence on a racially diverse crew of the Enterprise. - Excerpt taken from Wikipedia
I enjoyed watching the older series growing up. I also enjoyed the new movie last year. I heard that production is now started on the second movie, and I can't wait to see that as well. But, to note a few details in the TV series, religion appears to be extinct for the advanced races, while baseball and other vestiges of our day remain intact. Despite the efforts of Roddenberry to show what the future could be like, I notice that war and conflict still exist in this alter-verse. I know that Roddenberry had conceived a work to be titled "Star Trek and God" and that to my knowledge was never incorporated. But, I believe the future of mankind is wrapped up in his past as well as in his potential. So, in conclusion, I will leave you with some thought questions. I hope you enjoyed the contest.
1. What do you believe about the future of Earth, the solar system, and mankind?
2. Where do you believe God is within our Universe, if you believe He exists?
3. What do you believe to be the source of life?
4. If man were truly progressed to his total capacity, what morals and altruistic characteristics do you suppose he would demonstrate?
5. What things would vanish from our lives and society in an advanced civilization?
6. Do you believe that mankind will travel to other star systems?
7. How far in the future, in terms of years, do you see the possibility of this type of “wagon train to the stars?”
***Emil please contact me with info on which Bible you choose. Thanks and congratulations!!!