I remember reading one of the Star Trek novels years ago. Captain Kirk
and the crew of the Enterprise were sent to see if they could end a war
that had been going on for hundred years between two planets. Star fleet
told Kirk and Crew, if these two planets did not stop fighting, within
ten years both planets would destroy themselves. This is kind of how I
remember the story.
As the Enterprise crew studied the two planets it seemed they had nothing
in common at all. The races looked nothing alike, their religions were
far apart, and their economy and Government structure were completely
different. The Crew searched and searched but it seemed they could find
no common ground between the two planets in all their files.
When Kirk reached the planets, he held a meeting onboard the Enterprise.
Delegates from both worlds attended the meeting. After only a few
minutes, the Delegate’s from the two planets where arguing fiercely and
Kirk had to call an end the meeting.
While the Enterprises Crew kept looking for something in common between
these two Worlds, Kirk set up two private meetings with the leaders of
the two planets. While having dinner with the first planets leader, Kirk
found him to be very smart and personable. He enjoyed his company. He
then set up a meeting for Lunch with the Leaders of the Second Planet.
Again He found this race to be very intelligent and easy to get along
Kirk could not understand how these two different planets, which were
both so smart and friendly, could not get along. There had to be a way to
get them to just start talking to each other. Kirk set up another meeting
for the next day between these two worlds to try once more to try to get
them to talk with each other.
Kirk spent all night pacing and thinking. “There has to be something they
have in common”, he thought. As the meeting was only a few hours away,
Kirk sat down to rest. As Kirk was relaxing he thought, “I haven’t eaten
in hours I’m starved”. He started thinking of the meals he had with the
two alien races. He had enjoyed both meals. The main dishes had both
reminded him of corn and having grown up in Iowa, corn was something Kirk
knew. Corn? Wait Kirk thought, calling one of his Ensigns and telling him
to get him the Menus from both meals. After reviewing the meals and the
ingredients, he soon realized that the same corn like plant grew on both
With only a short time left, Kirk ordered dishes made from both planets
that included the plant. When the Leaders and delegates from both worlds
arrived, they were told please no talking, they would all eat first. Both
groups enjoyed the meal. When the leader of one of the planets asked Kirk
about one of the dishes made from the corn like plant, Kirk told him he
would have to ask the Leader of the second planet as it was one of their
dishes. As one of the leaders of the Second planet explained how it was
made, other members of the groups started talking about how they grew the
plants and recipes that had been handed down in their families over the
This was the common ground Kirk had been looking for. Within a few hours,
the planets had agreed to a cease fire and by the end of the week the
planets had stopped fighting and declared peace. It took many years for
some to get over their hatred of each other and things did not go
completely smooth. Within 5 years the planets had started trading with
each other and both worlds grew Stronger. 20 years after the truce both
planets where invaded by a far off race, but because both planets had put
aside their differences and collaborated in many different areas,
including defense, they were able to fight off the invaders.