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Zoe Weil’s TEDx Talk: The World Becomes What You Teach (Full Transcript)

Zoe Weil

Following is the full transcript of Zoe Weil’s TEDx Talk titled ‘The World Becomes What You Teach’ at TEDxDirigo conference.

Listen to the MP3 Audio here: Zoe Weil on The World Becomes What You Teach at TEDxDirigo

TRANSCRIPT: 

When I was 15, I asked William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk on the original Star Trek series, to kiss 5000 people at a Star Trek convention. Now back then, Star Trek was probably the most important thing in my life. And like a lot of psychologists and sociologists at the time, who were trying to understand the Star Trek phenomenon, I wanted to understand it too. I wanted to understand why this show and why these characters were so profoundly important to me that I would be willing to publicly humiliate myself as a 15 year old.

Well, I’ve given it a lot of thought and I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason why Star Trek has so many millions of fans is because of the future that it depicts — a future in which we’ve solved our earthly problems. Our nations are at peace, our planet is alive and thriving, we’re no longer myopic, and mean spirited, we’re part of the United Federation of Planets. And we’re actually explorers without being conquerors.

That vision has actually kept me going when I felt my most despondent about the state of the world, which is easy to do, in the face of global warming, and escalating worldwide slavery, and alarming rates of species extinction, and war, and poverty, and genocide, and institutionalized forms of oppression and cruelty towards both people and animals in a host of industries. It is very hard to imagine that we can actually create that Star Trek future. It seems so “pie in the sky”.

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