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Join Date: Jul 2012
04-07-2013, 11:49 AM
Seems to me there's been some confusion in this thread.
It's important to recognise the difference between religion and spirituality.
They are too often conflated, in my view.
I completely understand the importance of keeping religion out of STO. It would be divisive and polarising.
However, spirituality has been a part of Star Trek since TOS.
Whether it's the Vulcans, Bajorans, even the Prime Directive.
All of these have spiritual dimensions.
For myself, one of my favourite things to do while waiting for a mission cooldown or for the rest of my fleet to finish what they're doing, is to look out of a window.
I find looking at earth from space both calming and inspiring. Even if it is a video game.
What I'd like to see is, on ESD, a dedicated observation deck.
An area, accesible by elevator, with big windows looking down on earth with sittable seats actually facing said windows. Maybe some plants to add a splash of colour.
I know there are already windows on ESD, but there are no seats.
Certainly we need to avoid overt manifestations of religion, but we could create 'quiet' spaces where anyone can just rest and think about whatever they feel a need to think about.