As people who know me can testify, I am a bit of a science fiction fan. Especially Star Trek. One of my favorite episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation was the least science fiction oriented. The episode takes place after Captain Picard is rescued from the Borg (a villainous species that captured him and used his knowledge and expertise to almost wipe out humanity) and the captain and crew are taking shore leave on Earth. Captain Picard goes home to France (Yes, it get it...how can he be French with a British accent? But hey, it's fiction...) to spend some time with his bullying older brother Robert.
You can view the key scene in the episode below:
Picard Brothers Fight
(Sorry, but the Google folks will not let me embed this particular video.)
Anyway, as previously noted, the episode has nothing to do with space or technology, but everything to do with that feeling that some of us get when we feel this almost constant pressure to always fix things and come out on top. That's a lot to carry, and I confess to having these feelings myself from time to time. It's difficult to to face one's failures, and as JeanLuc's brother Robert notes, you sometimes have to carry them with you for a very long time.
As for me, I'm neither going undersea nor into the stars. I am, however, spending some time away to clear out some of the cobwebs from my head. It may not be as effective as a fight in the mud with one of my brothers, but it will have to do.
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