My brother is the Star Trek fan. I am the bystander in denial about her interest in the plot. No, I will not watch 6 hours of The Next Generation with you on a rainy Tuesday. We will not dramatically quote Patrick Stewart while we dance around the kitchen in between episodes making Breakfast Nachos. No.
The aspect of life in stardate 43125.8 that has me longing for a fictional world is that their society has evolved to meet the basic needs of its members whereas ours sadly has not. What would life be like if every person went to sleep knowing they would wake up in a comfortable bed, be given adequate meals, be clothed, protected, and allowed the opportunity to explore and express who they really are?
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, right? If our physiological and safety needs are met we are free to explore the higher levels of love/belonging, esteem, and ultimately self-actualization. Because your baseline includes health, safety, and security (I mean, aside from being under constant threat by alien warfare) you are free to invest your time enriching your life with genuine relationships, personal achievements, and creativity.
I think often about this idealistic way of life because we currently possess the means to do exactly this yet as a global society choose not to. I believe that so long as financial and material gain are the primary objectives we will not ever reach a place where this is even a shadow of a possibility. We live in a society where the value of a human is assigned based on where on a map they live and the profitability of their days worth of underpaid work.
So yeah, sign me up. I'll even wear the Starfleet uniform.
Just not the red one.