There are times in our life, when we can either choose to rise up to the challenge or turn our backs and run away like a coward. Here is a brilliant illustration and write-up by “The Oatmeal” about Gene Roddenberry. The story has been inspired by “Star Trek Creator: The Authorized Biography of Gene Roddenberry“.
The illustration teaches us, that we can prove to the world, if there is a will, there is a way to accomplish anything. We should all respect Gene Roddenberry and be ready to get up and help someone. Sharing a beautiful quote “Fall Seven Times, Stand Up Eight“. Please do share this post with your loved ones, so that we keep spreading the enlightenment.
On June 18th, 1947 on a Pan Am flight from Calcutta to New York an engine stopped working, which caused another engine to overheat, which caused fire, which caused panic. While the pilot attempted to land the plane, the 25 year old co-pilot unbuckled himself. He went into the main cabin to help with the passengers. He sat next to a young woman who was alone. He told her “It’s going to be okay”. He told her this as he watched the engine continue to burn. He told her this as he watched it fall from the wing. He told her this as fuel line became exposed, fire overtook the aircraft, and the plane pitched downward. He told her this knowing that every single person on that plane was about to die. The plane hit hard, into the Syrian desert. Fourteen people died instantly. Two crew member survived including the co-pilot. And with a pair of broken ribs, he went back into the burning plane, pulling survivors from the wreckage. Eventually the wind turned, and fire overtook the aircraft. And so they waited. Morning arrived, but a rescue did not. The co-pilot took charge, and formed two search parties. The first party went in one direction, the second party, along with the co-pilot, went in the other, wandering into the desert. they eventually found a village. A village which had a radio. A call was made, and the twenty-two survivors where rescued. As for the co-pilot, the crash changed him. After that, he didn’t want to be a pilot anymore, he wanted to do something different with his life. He resigned from Pan Am to pursue a career in writing and ultimately television. His name was Gene Roddenberry and he created Star Trek. This story is not intended as an ode to Roddenberry, although he certainly deserve one. Prior to working in television, he was declared WWII pilot, a plane-crash investigator and an LA cop. He survived three plane crashes. This story is intended to remind you that our journey are short. Roddenberry saw life’s ephemeral nature lit up against a backdrop of stars. He saw that we are all passengers pitching downward into the night. He saw that we are all helpless. So get up, and help someone.