RULE NUMBER SEVEN: THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
It’s very difficult for a person to do something that is truly great, without thinking outside the box. One needs to strike out on one’s own, to be a leader. Thinking outside the box is what true leaders do. Don’t follow someone else’s set of rules. To follow someone else’s set of rules, is not leading, it’s following. Because that set of rules, is the box. So don’t be too concerned with what is considered to be canon.
Now having said that, let me explain: For example, if a person wants to make flower arrangements, and this person uses leaves and twigs instead of flowers, that could be considered thinking outside the box – way out. It might be leafy goodness, but that person is not going to have any actual flower arrangements, especially if making flower arrangements is this person‘s job. So certain rules or guidelines need to be observed, in order to achieve what is desired. So a certain “following” is necessary.
Originally in Star Trek, the Starship was a very special type of space ship—it was a “Starship Class.” Later they demoted it down to an ordinary type of space ship, calling it a “Constitution Class”—just another space ship. Something I will correct/restore in my show. The way I see it, “NCC” means “Starship”; a special type of space ship. It’s part of an identification system—a nomenclature, to identify one ship from another. Did Matt Jefferies create this system? I don’t know. But it’s a neat system. But the Star Trek People have been ignoring it.
So these dummies who put the same name and number on every starship, show that they don’t know what they are doing, and are damaging Star Trek by doing so. What if car manufacturers put the same VIN number on every car? What if the DMV issued the same license plate number for every car? There would be no point to it! The purpose of “NCC—1701” is to identify the ship from any other ship. To add “A” or “B” or “C” is stupid! What that does is to circumvent the original nomenclature, making it at least partly unnecessary.
What I’m talking about, is that they could have just named it “The A”, or “The B”. Why the need for “NCC—1701”???
Matt Jefferies’ “NCC—1701” is a neat identification system, that would work, and work fairly well—to identify all sorts of different space ships. But what the Star Trek People have done in later years is that they have spoiled it, so that Matt’s system no longer identifies one ship from another. Sad. More about this system under rule number six: Progressions.
So this “following”, is not so much a set of rules, but using a guide. With my designing process, I’m not paying attention to anyone’s set of rules, but by using my guide, I am doing a certain amount of following. And I don’t think there was any set of rules when I got started. But with no guide, I would be aimless, like most starship artists tend to be. These people designing starships, seem to think that they can design a good starship like the doctor fights Daleks: “But you have no weapons, no defenses, no plan!”
So to be truly a leader, one must not follow anyone’s set of rules. But in order not to be aimless, one must have a guide to follow. To be this way for someone who wants to believe in something, the difference would be like; for a person who wants to follow others, get into a religion, but if you want to be a leader, find the truth yourself, don’t go and be told by someone else. What I’m saying here, is if you get into a religion, or become a fan of a show…you are being a follower, and not a leader.
I think it’s good when people think outside the box. But what I don’t like is when my cats poop outside the box. Think outside the box, but don’t poop outside the box!