Sunday, February 10, 2013

Kobayashi Maru

Saavik: Admiral, may I ask you a question?
Kirk: What's on your mind, Lieutenant?
Saavik: The Kobayashi Maru, sir.
Kirk: Are you asking me if we're playing out that scenario now?
Saavik: On the test, sir... will you tell me what you did? I would really like to know.
McCoy: Lieutenant, you are looking at the only Starfleet cadet who ever beat the no-win scenario.
Saavik: How?
Kirk: I reprogrammed the simulation so it was possible to rescue the ship.
Saavik: What?
David Marcus: He cheated.
Kirk: I changed the conditions of the test; got a commendation for original thinking. I don't like to lose.
Saavik: Then you never faced that situation... faced death.
Kirk: I don't believe in the no-win scenario.

We do what we want to with what we've got to work with, and sometimes all that makes a difference is your attitude. Your character. To a large degree, we have the ability to redefine who that character is. Larger than we often believe, at any rate. We can be heroes, or we can be losers. We can be doctors, lawyers, bums, or magicians, and there's no blame. No suffering besides that which you cause, and that which you experience. If you can think of a story that logically and rationally leads from your current state of being to another, you can act it out and experience the results.

Even if it takes cheating.

Skip, witches! Hop, toads! Take your pleasure! --
for the play of the Universe is the pleasure of
[Your Name Here]