And you thought that collectives wouldn't reach Earth until April of 2063!
Of course, this original graphic parody is referencing the parody of reality that MSNBC is quickly becoming. Fifty years before First Contact, the conservative blogosphere have been all abuzz over the MSNBC promo where Melissa Harris-Perry explains how your children will be assimilated and how their individuality will be added to the Collective.
Actually, when you think about it, the comparison between Borg and the Liberal Left World View isn't that far off. Let's take a look, shall we?
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your "enrollment" into our "collective".
Try to figure out if I'm talking about the Borg, or the liberal left:
They believe in a strong centralized system of rule where the, ahem... to coin another Star Trek phrase, that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. "You" are replaced by "we". "Your" needs are secondary to the group's needs.
Soon enough, "You" go through a process by which you lose yourself - your individuality, your dreams, your desire, your ambitions. Those things don't matter so much. After all, "You" now exist to perpetuate the continued existence of the collective. The rest just gets in the way.
But hey, on the upside, "You" are a part of something that promises you true freedom. No need to fend for yourself - the collective shall provide in all things. Everything is provided to you,
That is, so long as there is someone from whom you can take everything. Those others are defective. They are imperfect. They do not see past their selfishness. They do not see the perfection in being like "You"... I mean, "Us". The goal must be to convert them over. "They" must be like "Us".
|"MIC CHECK!" Ummm... Huh?|
As a result, there's conflict. There's the occasional "phaser fire" with those who disagree with your group-think. (And really, who can blame them! "You" are constantly trying to get them to not only think exactly like you and take their stuff, but to BE you!)
So how do you attempt to accomplish this goal of perfect uniformity under a central unity? "You" change to suit the situation. "You" evolve. "You" adapt.
Oh, and you sometimes have a weird way of communicating. It's not exactly words. It's sometimes can't be explained from the outside looking in. It's not always verbal, but somehow everyone gets it, so it must be right, right?
Get the picture yet? Whether in real life or in science fiction, giving yourself up to "The Collective" is never a good thing.
You are the only You there is! If You work hard, You can go far. Maybe You can push the bounds of your field because You see things a different way than the group. You should be allowed to compete to be better than the best, and as a result, do good work and get good things in return. You help others who may not be as good as You because You want them to try to be as good as You and to enjoy what You enjoy.
Is there a place for group-think? Of course! Groups of "Yous" coming together is a beautiful when each brings their own ideas and energy to the Group. The difference is that the Group isn't what's important and uniformity isn't the goal. The Group is there to help You, and in turn, You help the Group.
The point is: Don't stop being You - no matter what any group "believes".