Me? As a diehard Christian, I'm not one for the pure humanism side. I'm actually with you there. That warm, happy universe that Trek portrays will never happen, and it's arrogance to think otherwise. But at least these shows tried to be about something. TNG had a lot of great episodes that managed to explore the human condition without being preachy. They tried to think. Yeah, X, IX, V, they all sucked, but they tried to say something. Identity and destiny in "Nemesis", conscience and integrity in "Insurrection", the search for God in "V"...big ideas, if perhaps badly executed.
Being a Trek fan who saw the pilot episode when it first aired as a little kid, I can forgive you for missing the premise behind the "warm, happy universe". The premise is that once we take to the stars, all the resources of the universe become available for dirt cheap. Gold? Common. Food? You've seen the replicators. The point being, without life suddenly being a zero sum game and with the ability to relieve over population by colonization, the factors that inevitably lead to mans cruelty to man have been eliminated for the most part. So yes, this was envisioned as an idealist utopia.
Richard Sherman doesn't just wanna get in your head, he wants to build a vacation home there.
I dont care who but just get kapershit outa here.- rlkats