asher63 (asher63) wrote,

Like and Equal

Spent this evening with TNG watching "A Wrinkle in Time" on the video. The little guy made an admirable effort to follow it, but I think it was a little old for him. At 10 (tomorrow's his b'day) he is very bright but he is geared to fast-paced cartoons more than character-based SF drama. Even so, he was watching the last 45 minutes or so pretty intently - the scenes of Camazotz were very impressive visually.

I was glad TNG got to hear Meg deliver her classic line, "Like and equal are not the same!" When I read the book as a kid, I found this very profound; now as an adult, even more so. This is the great truth that undermines the big lie of totalitarianism.

We do not have to be "alike" to be of equal value. On the contrary, our distinct and unique pieces of the great dream enhance one another's worth. I don't expect The Next Generation to be a clone of me, and I don't want him to be. I want him to be who he is, to be who he can become.
Tags: life, tng

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