Saturday, May 07, 2005

A perfect life?

I am a Star Trek fan, both the original series and the the next generation.

A months ago I watched an episode on television of Star Trek TNG called A Fistful of Datas.

The crew are given the rare opportunity of pursuing recreational activities.

Worf, the security officer, is bored. He is a man of action. He is also of Klingon origin, a race of people who kill first and ask questions later.

His son, Alexander, wants them to spend time in the holodeck. The holodeck is a place where one can act out different fantasies.

Alexander has written a programme about the “ancient west,” that used to be known as the wild west.

Worf reluctantly accompanies his son to the holodeck where they load the programme on the computer.

They find themselves in 19th century South Dakota.

Worf is supposed to play the role of the local sheriff, Alexander is his deputy and their colleague Troi is a friend who is there to enjoy the ride.

Worf’s purpose is to capture the local outlaw who has killed many people.

Worf finds the outlaw in a bar, where else?

Worf announces he’s there to arrest him.

With a biff, the criminal is out for the count.

Alexander is not impressed. He is bored.

He tells his father it needs to be more fun. So they ask the computer to re-run the programme at a much higher difficulty level.

Worf and Alexander walk into bar again and finds the outlaw.

This time, the criminal resists and fights Worf.

Even though Worf is able to knock him out, he finds the battle exhilarating.

Worf says to Alexander “I can see the appeal of this programme.”

Usually, no one gets hurt in a holodeck simulation unless there is a problem.

Soon, there is a technical fault where Worf is injured and Alexander is captured.

Worf and the others are stuck in the programme. To cut a long story short, they manage to get out of the programme.

Speaking of which, the other day I watched a documentary about Prince Harry, second son of the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

There were all these experts, mostly journalists, who claim to know how Harry is going to live his life as second heir to the throne.

Apparently, Princess Diana said she had produced the heir, Prince William, and the spare, Prince Harry.

I guess with every role, you need an understudy, or a substitute or insurance, right?

Anyway, the programme discussed Prince Harry’s scuffles with journalists and other faux pas.

He’s meant to be even wealthier, in terms of assets, than Prince William.

What’s a young lad to do with all that cash?

The experts said Prince Harry hasn’t got much of a role to play and he has to find one or he’ll get bored.

Right now, Prince Harry is in the army.

The experts believe the experience will give him discipline and keep him out of mischief, plus he’ll end up looking good in uniform.

When he comes out as an officer, he might want to do some charity work, as is expected of royalty.

But there’s only so much good work one can do before you explode and say “Sod this for a game of soldiers! I need more challenge!”

Prince Harry’s apparent dilemma and Alexander’s holodeck simulation remind me a lot of the human experience.

All of us crave perfection.

Some of us crave wealth so we won’t work so hard and we’ll have more time to do what we love.

Yeah right! There’s only so much holiday, shopping, sunbathing, creative pursuits, charity you can do before you get bored and need more challenge.

I believe work adds structure to one’s day, even though some of us complain about it.

If we could have everything we want, would we really be happy?

Why am I having a human experience?

Boredom, that’s why.

In the beginning it was all perfect.

After years of the same old stuff, we will get restless.

There’s got to be more to life than working hard, going to clubs, and being happy one minute and depressed the next.

Life on earth is not meant to be peaceful and perfect.

The imperfections and the unexpected provides us with the challenge, something to get us out of the complacency of always being happy.

So there you have it. Sometimes we want to have it all but when we have it all we need a challenge.

So now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to seek out new adventures and challenges.

What about you?

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