Star Trek is infinitely better than Star Wars. Why? Simple. It's plainly in the name: Star Trek is about traveling the universe peacefully -- scientifically -- encountering new species and phenomenon whereas Star Wars is about war.
Curiosity is the antithesis of fear. Some look at a mysterious door and insist it be burned for heresy whereas others open the door and take notes -- foremost of which might be that doors actually cannot be heretics;-- except that one time one was. Among space-going species, war is a relic of savagery. The future holds no war if it holds at all. There is no need for it to follow us along our progression.
It's a popular myth that all of our problems will keep repeating themselves. That there is some great cosmic wheel which will return our thinking to the same state again and again, merely presented a different way. It's a sort of anthem of futility. "Everything has already been done." "We might be doing X differently but we will always have Y to contend with." A popular theme that is perpetual in this way is war. Many of us have come to accept war as simply unavoidable. We see it as a force it's own. We've even deified it throughout human history. But the truth is that war is not inevitable anymore than illiteracy is inevitable. War is not the Winter of peace's Summer. War is a BEHAVIOR. And, just as we've seen so many of our behaviors come and go -- like dung-flinging -- we can expect that we'll outgrow this as well. Just let that sink in for a second: we will outgrow war.
War is driven by perceived scarcity of resources; some lever with which a conqueror would derive control of their own and others' existence. Without scarcity of some resource. without attrition; with everyone having the same unending "arsenal" of technology; there is no war because there is no point to one.
We could have this on Earth if we could handle nuclear energy responsibly -- instead of building warheads. We don't seem to be able to operate together in this cramp little elevator called Earth though.But! In the great irradiated sandbox of the universe we can afford to be more crude; more experimental. We can build slipshod reactors and design experiments with astronomically high levels of electricity in space!
And a war in space? Preposterous! For, why would a civilization so powerful as to move amongst celestial bodies concern itself with a bare-knuckle boxing match? When will we realize that so many of our science fiction themes are really fantasies wherein god-like-technologies are driven by barbaric sentiments such as honor and justice. Getting to space will require cooperation. Wouldn't it be funny if at the moment we achieve world peace we also acquire a new world?