Among the more interesting “new civilizations” Star Trek explorers met were the Trill.
The Trill (or Trills) is the name of a humanoid species native to the planet Trill. A small percentage of the Trill population co-exists with a sentient symbiotic organism known as a symbiont inside their bodies. The resulting joined Trills have personalities which are a synthesis of the two beings including the memories, and to some extent the personalities, of the previous hosts of the symbiont.
According to one Virginia Republican, we have a large population of them living here on Earth:
A pregnant woman is just a “host” that should not have the right to end her pregnancy, Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin (R) wrote in a Facebook rant defending his anti-abortion views.
Martin, the former chairman of the Senate Education and Health Committee, wrote a lengthy post about his opinions on women’s bodies on his Facebook wall last week in response to a critical Valentine’s Day card he received from reproductive rights advocates.
“I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive,” Martin wrote. “However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it.”
Mr. Martin later changed the wording from “host” to “bearer of the child” because he was only kidding about the “host” bit and sheesh, some people have no sense of humor.
But it does encapsulate the view by a lot of so-called Right to Lifers: a clump of cells the size of the head of a pin becomes more important than the woman. She is merely the host to the symbiont.