And you know what? Along those lines: I love Star Trek because it has always felt plausible to me. In my mind, it’s entirely possible that first contact will happen in 2063, that the United Federation of Planets will form in 2161. And even though on a conscious level I know these things won’t happen, it feels to me as if they could. Because Star Trek talks about Earth’s history. It doesn’t sugarcoat it. It acknowledges that it took Earth a long, long, long time to accept and understand the concept of peace and unity, and that we went through some serious shit before that. So when the world looks like it can’t possibly get any worse, Star Trek helps to remind me that it may get worse, but humanity always has the potential to be so much better. And someday we’re going to realize that. And someday we’re going to be past all this.