I wrote a while back about the way that science fiction provides examples to us of what a world without religion looks like. It’s an important point to think on since there’s quite a lot of hullaballoo surrounding the thought that atheists or agnostics can’t be nice or get along and are particularly evil so a future filled with such people is certainly vile, discordant, and unlivable.
Not so. Many science fiction movies and television shows exemplify that humankind can actually thrive where religion is absent and reason prevails in it’s stead. Is there evil? Yep. We can’t escape it because it is part of ourselves, but we do see in each instance that love or relationships or family overcome and save the day, and tellingly, no supreme being is needed. (By the way, we really don’t know how else to write the story except that good always defeats evil – such an optimistic species).
With the release of the newest Star Trek movie, a fellow writer picked up on this theme and discusses it in this Atlantic article. It is hopeful in this time of turbulence – especially as an American watching the current election cycle – to see a standard held for us all to claim: we can rely on each other, as well as our own reasoning, to create a decent society.
May we ‘make it so.’