Five Survival Lessons Learned from Star Trek Beyond

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This post is by Bernie Carr,

I am a huge Star Trek fan and did not miss my chance to see Star Trek Beyond on its opening weekend.

We already know that a lot of new developments we use now were inspired by Star Trek, but watching the movie got me thinking about survival.   After all, getting through seemingly impossible situations happens a lot in both the TV series and the movies, so there had to be some tips to be learned.

Five Survival Lessons learned from Star Trek Beyond

Warning:  there may be some spoilers

  1.  You will need to improvise.   Dr. McCoy needed to treat an injury out in the wilderness, and without medical tools, so he used scraps of metal and a heat source to cauterize a wound.   I am not a doctor, and don’t know the ins and outs of cauterizing wounds, but the idea of using items to suit your immediate needs other than their intended purpose can potentially save your life one day.
  2. You may have to depend on the kindness or strangers and form unlikely allies.  Scotty crash landed in a strange planet and found himself completely separate from his comrades.  You just might find people that have the same goals and you may be able to barter your expertise and help each other.
  3. Sometimes, you may have to bug out even if you don’t want to.  Captain Kirk was loathe to leave his ship, but knowing that lives were in danger, and the motivation to keep going forced him to decide to do so.  Similarly, you may prefer to stay at your home base, but circumstances from a disaster may force you to leave either temporarily or permanently to a new, safer location.
  4. Fear is not necessarily a bad thing.  Everyone experiences fear at one point, the main goal is to get past it and do what you need to do.  As Dr. McCoy said, “Fear of death is what keeps us alive.”
  5. Shelter is necessary for survival.  It’s even better if you can camouflage your location.  One of the new characters showed Scot her “house.”  I won’t say any more, but he was impressed at how managed to survive in dangerous territory.   If you are stranded somewhere, a shelter against the elements can mean the difference between life and death.

I am sure there are several more, but these are the most notable ones for me.  Live long and prosper!


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