Revisiting the Star Trek Teachings

Live Long and Prosper, Spock

Leonard Nimoy headed for the great beyond today. I miss him already. The article below was written in 2012, and revealed to the world my absolute fascination with all things Spock and Kirk. I republish it here in honor of the man and the legend. Peace and long life, Spock. See you out there among the stars someday.

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 Captain. His emotions ruled his actions, and often were an important component of the decisions he made.

spockandkirkBut 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 was 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 woman’s 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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A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP. ~Leonard Nimoy