Throughout the years I have published many blog entries by way of my website and social media platforms. Most of the time I’m inspired with an idea and have a plan of how I want to begin to develop those first thoughts. Just sometimes, through the beginning stages, something changes. I then boldly go into a brand new, different direction altogether.
I had an idea prior to titling this entry as to what I wanted to express to my readers. I began looking at my data base of recent imagery and I came across an image of myself giving the Vulcan salute; which of course was made famous by the character of Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy in the original Star Trek series. I knew then, that my inspiration had changed for this particular entry, I’m Not From Here.
Instead of this entry being about me directly, it is mostly about paying homage to the iconic character Leonard Nemoy played; in that hugely popular television show that has inspired so many newer incarnations of the Star Trek media universe. The half human, half Vulcan character was brilliant as it played off of each species primary character trait. Spock’s Vulcan (paternal) instinct is distinct, as it is clear and sound logic. His human (maternal) instinct is emotion which is usually the side of him that is for the most part suppressed. Spock at times struggles with outwardly displaying it at certain points of distress. In that respect, it is not so distinct, it is not so clear.
Spock is a great example of how people should possibly think prior to speaking and acting, or reacting rather to an emotonal state. He certainly has a bird’s eye view on the human condition, which offers him a supreme awareness and brilliant perspective on all things, people and places.
How many humans do you know that think and act logically, accordingly? If they taught a “Spock Logic” course at the university level, I am certain it would be one of the most beneficial philosophy elective course a student could take. The forward thinking of not only Spock but the entire Star Trek television show in the 1960’s was so far out there, that it truly was ahead of its time.
I am someone today that thinks if people studied this character’s philosophy, that people in general would be the better for it, including myself.
I do believe certain roles anybody could play and deliver resounding performances on. However I do not believe anybody could have played the character of Spock. The half human, half Vulcan was born to be adopted and mastered by Leonard Nimoy.
Leonard Nimoy was born March 26th and passed away February 27th, 2015. Although Leonard Nimoy is physically not with us; he left a legacy in the character of Spock, a library of works that will continue to be adapted into the future.
Here are a few of my favorite Spock quotes:
“Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them.” – Star Trek, season 2, episode 24 (“The Ultimate Computer,” 1968)
“Insufficient facts always invite danger.” – Star Trek, season 1, episode 24 (“Space Seed,” 1968)
“Without followers, evil cannot spread.” – Star Trek, season 3, episode 5, (“And the Children Shall Lead,” 1968)
“Live long and prosper.” – First spoken in Star Trek, season 2, episode 1 (“Amok Time,” 1968)
I found this to be a fascinating interview with Leonard Nimoy…