It might come as a surprise, but Star Trek: The Next Generation was a significant formative influence on my life, when I was growing up. I loved Cpt. Jean-Luc Picard of the Enterprise and everything he stood for. He was moral, philosophical, scientific, and an all-around great guy. His commitment to truth and justice was something I strove to be. It was probably a great part of the reason I entered the Dominican Order and pursued philosophy – both really about pursuit of the truth.
Here’s a famous monologue from TNG when Jean-Luc confronts Wesley Crusher for having lied at Starfleet Academy:
[Oh, and PS – it’s just slightly modified]
“The first duty of every Dominican friar is to the Truth. It is the guiding principle on which the Order is based. If you can’t find it within yourself to stand up and tell the truth…you don’t deserve to wear that habit….”
Yours in Christ,
Br. James Dominic, OP