[T]he two sets of Star Trek series, the original and the new, show how our society’s attitudes towards risk, and people who seek risk, have changed, and not for the better. I guess the most obvious explanation for the change is the fact that the generation currently in charge of the arts, the news media, and the educational system hint, it was born after a certain war and the initials of its nickname are “BB” is growing old and sickly, so everyone has to live through their increasing fears of falling over and not being able to get up just like we had to live through everything else they felt and did. This can’t be good, because after growing old there is only one experience left the one you don’t live through. Then again, at least the grave is silent.
As a card-carrying member of the Vainest Generation, I have to concur. Fortunately, I didn’t get much coddling early on, so it’s not like me to expect any today, although my capacity for whining is at least average for my demographic cohort.
With this in mind, I’d like to borrow a hat, and then tip it to the Ethiopian army, which, in the traditional American spirit and with the assistance of some traditional Americans, fought a passel of Islamic nutjobs on a truly level playing field: if you got onto the field, you got leveled. Truly.