A guide to the transformation of the 1960s
From the 1960s ideals of individuality and boundless freedom to consequences such environmental and social problems, which we’ve nowadays connected to the era of 1970s. Nothing explains the transformation of the mob mentality (in response to peer pressure matching social requirements) from the 60s to 70s better than Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan and related Star Trek III – A Search for Spock. Is the American dream still alive?
When individuality is unable to resist rapid development
To clearly understand the content of this Star Trek movie, we have to look back to the changing time of 1960’s. The efforts, made in the 1960s, were based on the individual achievements of individual men and women. The entire world was set to acknowledge common ideal – to success with unique solutions and incomparable ideas. At a certain point, however, the degree of freedom has transformed into an open social problem – into a social gap between creators and their own ideas. Progress was such rapid, that the ideas of current generation just do not suffice. The change was gradual. But we can see changes gradually changing from the 1960s onwards.
For those, who have seen ST: The Wrath of Khan, just think about the opening scene. That one, where Lieutenant Saavik face The Kobayashi Maru test (no-win scenario, that prepares commanders for an inconvenient situation and that have successfully passed – surprisingly – only one. Captain Kirk). And then, just compare it with impressions gained during watching the ending. With the moment, when Captain Kirk realizes, that there’re events and situations, which he cannot – as an individual influence. But the group of people probably can.
Metabolism – uniqueness is an obstacle
The transformation of society was gradual but interfered in all spheres of life. From cinematography to architecture. The significance of cooperation was never more relevant. On the contrary, the significance of personal skills and self-determination was muted. Unitarized. Regulated by the rules. Everyone working for the benefit of the other.
But the question remains. Do the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few? Or is it a more complex question to answer? Or do we need to look at Star Trek III: A Search for Spock to provide us conclusion? Not the logic one of course…