Constantly Searching

During high school graduation, I gave a speech. I remember having a fun time writing it. I wanted it to be my own special moment of profoundness. Whether or not I accomplished that is not for me to decide.

Let’s take a short walk almost four years back in my life:
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I pulled quotes from a couple of sources which had been influential in my life, namely Shakespeare and Star Trek.

Quoting Shakespeare is nothing new for anyone. In fact, Star Trek takes from Shakespeare on a fairly regular basis and there’s some considerable similarities between Klingons and Roman Shakespeare1.

However, I did not use Shakespeare solely because of its Star Trek connection.

I had a hard time with Shakespeare in high school, and for me, quoting it was sort of a way for me to say: “I hate how complex you [the works of Shakespeare] are, but I still respect and admire you.”

I suppose that I could have also quoted Wordsworth, Blake, or Coleridge. But I didn’t.

I watched the pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine on Sunday and was reminded of one of the Star Trek quotes I included in the speech:
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It is the unknown that defines our existence. We are constantly searching, not just for answers to our questions, but for new questions. We are explorers. We explore our lives, day by day. And we explore the galaxy, trying to expand the boundaries of our knowledge. And that is why I am here. Not to conquer you with weapons or ideas, but to co-exist and learn.

I never actually attributed this quote to Star Trek in my speech, which is probably one of my biggest regrets of the entire thing. I think my reasoning at the time was to try and reduce any negative impact that mentioning Star Trek would have on my speech.

For example, let’s say that I quoted this:

As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice.

By itself, these come off as great words. Now let’s say that I told you C.S. Lewis wrote them. Now they’re even better words! Profound statement and respectable author makes a great quote.

Now let me postulate that Adolf Hitler was whom I quoted2. My guess is that would not go over so well.

Not that I would/should ever equate Star Trek and Hitler, but I think my point is made.

Back to the Star Trek quote though. I really like it, especially the first sentence: “It is the unknown that defines our existence.”

I like it because it is a statement of purpose and one that I can agree with. I exist because there are unknowns.

The statement of purpose then leads to a statement of mission: “We are explorers. We explore our lives, day by day. And we explore the galaxy, trying to expand the boundaries of our knowledge.”

We are explorers. We explore. We explore the human element and we explore physical element. And as we explore, we find answers to the aforementioned unknowns. But we also find more knowns.

To me, that’s exciting.

There really is no other point to this except to share that thought and rectify my failed attribution.

By the way, that quote was from Adolf Hitler.


  1. You Haven’t Read Klingon Until You’ve Read It In It’s Native Klingon by Andrew Ferguson, 10/11/2003 

  2. I think this fulfills Godwin’s Law for this discussion 

Finished up with all of Star Trek: The Next Generation

I finally say down and watched Star Trek: Nemesis last night. I’m pretty sure that was only the second time I’d seen it, the first time being when it was released in theaters. I watched it at the Neptune on the Ave on cold December night. This is probably one of my least favorite Star Trek films.

In any event, I’m up to 40.48% completed (that’s over 224 hours). This is actually slightly misleading since the 11th Star Trek movie is going to be released in December.

I’ve cued up the first two seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and will probably start watching them over the weekend.

Also, per the request of a certain party, I’m going to try and have more Star Trek updates.

Finished Star Trek: The Next Generation

I finished watching all 176 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG). According to NetFlix, I started watching late January of 2007. Call it 300 days. So, 1.7 days to watch each episode. Don’t forget that I also was also interspersing movies throughout the entire time.

TNG is what I grew up with and wanting to see every single TNG episode is what started me on this quest just over two years ago (I returned the first disc of Star Trek: The Original Series on 10/17/2005). I’m honestly not a huge fan of the Original Series. This and the fact that the Original Series only has two episodes per a disc is why it’s taken almost 2 years to get almost 40% of the way through.

My unofficial goal is to be finished with everything by time I graduate in May 2009. That’s 446 episodes in 528 days; 1.18 days per an episode. I can manage that.

The goal is to finish the TNG movies by the end of finals and then maybe start on DS9. My guess is that I probably won’t get a solid start on DS9 until after I come to school in January.

Stats as of completing Star Trek Generations Movie:

Minutes Seen: 13125
Hours Seen: 18.75
Days Seen: 9.11458333333333
Episodes Seen: 287 (movies count as one episode)
% Complete: 39.50%

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