Morning Coffee – 08/13/12

A Couple of Cups ~ The Star Trek Teachings

All right.  I’ll confess.  I adored  the original Star Trek series.  I have vivid memories of being torn between an infatuation with the inimitable Captain Kirk, James T., and a fascination with the inscrutable Mr. Spock.  I would vacillate between the two.  At first,  my heart was firmly sworn to the Capitan. His emotions ruled his actions, and often were an important component of the decisions he made.

Publicity photo of Leonard Nimoy and William S...

Publicity photo of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner as Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk from the television program Star Trek. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But then, perhaps by the very next episode, the cool logic of Mr. Spock would weaken my allegiance.  The magnificent mind of the first officer was  very appealing.  Besides, he was always so aloof, this Mr. Spock.  And you know how we women love a challenge.

Mr. Spock was at his most alluring when his powerful intellect would be overshadowed by the strength of his emotions.  It was during these times, when he did not have control, that he was most appealing to my young, preteen heart.

So what brought on this walk down memory lane?  Well, it’s the result of a conversation with a fellow blogger about the mind and the heart.

The message about the importance of functioning in a whole-brained way has been coming at us (no surprise) since the sixties.  Here it is. Plain as day.  Played out on television screens on an almost constant basis since the 1970s.

Mr. Spock.  The perfect symbolic representation of the power of the intellect, and the Achilles heel that comes with operating only out of the mind.

James T. Kirk, Captain.  The quintessential, emotionally responsive, passionate guy. Sometimes his emotions got him, and the entire crew, into some pretty sticky situations.

But the two of them together.  Now that was magic.  The mind.  The heart.  Neither one totally, truly, always in charge.  Both recognized for the unique contribution they gave for the good of the whole.  And it always seemed to take both of them to arrive at a solution.

The message was there the whole time.  It’s only taken me 50 years (give or take a few years) to understand it. It is the mind and the heart that will lead us safely Home.

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14 thoughts on “Morning Coffee – 08/13/12

  1. Oh! Oh! I had the same feelings about them, but could never put it into words!

    • Well…only took me 8 months to find a subject that triggered a substantial response from the readership…Thank you for joining in on this one. I really loved writing about my insight, especially since it took me so many DECADES to figure it out…

  2. I loved Star Trek as a kid, and like you found the interplay between Spock & Kirk deeply satisfying for some unknown (then) reason . So now I know why. Thank you, Julie Marie 🙂

  3. They were like Yin Yang and their characters were facinating. I know this isn’t the point of your post (I did love the post), but if you liked them in the series, you’d probably love the last movie released simply called “Star Trek” about when they were young and first met (if you haven’t seen it.) LOL 🙂

    • Oh, yes, I saw it. And I like how you put it: they were like Yin/Yang. And who cares if it’s not the point of the post? It’s a morning cup of coffee, and we can talk about whatever comes to mind. Just because I follow Spirit, doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a good movie from time to time. I was actually pleasantly surprised with how that last one was done. It stayed true to the essence of both characters.

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