What Being on Star Trek Taught Me

Do you think Star Trek has influenced our world of technology today? What did it mean to you?


What Being on Star Trek Taught Me

by Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D

“The Prime Directive [in Star Trek] is not just a set of rules. It is a philosophy, and a very correct one. History has proven again and again that whenever mankind interferes with a less developed civilization, no matter how well intentioned that interference may be, the results are invariably disastrous.”

—Jean-Luc Picard

As an actress back in 1967, I had no idea that guest starring on a classic episode of Star Trek entitled “The Apple,” would change my life forever. But, strangely enough it did!

It took many years before the realization hit me, that I was now part of a franchise that not only had “legs” globally but also had a deep and profound message, that included one of hope for the future of this planet and our place in the universe.

Through Star Trek’s mythology, we…

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