…One of the funniest and strongest scenes of both the original Star Trek II series’ movie “The Wrath of Khan” and the first Star Trek movie directed by JJ Abrams demonstrates that Captain Kirk refuses to accept the no-win conditions of the Kobayashi Maru training experiment, and somehow changes the whole training paradigm so that he wins. Every time. It infuriates Starfleet Academy…but they reward him with his own ship eventually. How is this possible? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobayashi_Maru)
…Emily Asher-Perrin writes about Captain Kirk’s inherent flaws and strengths in her Blog entry for Tor (you can use the link below to go to this brilliant analysis). And I absolutely second her analysis. It’s Kirk for me as a hero, hands down. He never gives up. It’s not in his vocabulary, his perspective, in his being to ever do so. He is the Alpha, but his passion for his ship and crew is all-encompassing. Robert H. Schuller asked, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” Absolute belief. Absolute Will (with a capital “W”). Absolute bravery of the best kind. Wow. What a way to live.