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Things I learned from Leonard Nimoy and Star Trek.

Growing up in a house in the early 70s with 2 older brothers and only 1 TV, it is not surprising that I ended up watching a lot of Star Trek. At first, it was a great way to bond with my brothers, being the annoying baby sister by several years, but then I grew to better understand the stories and the valuable lessons they were trying to impart, to name a few:

  • How to resolve conflict amicably and to the benefit of each of the contrasting parties.
  • How to not interfere with the normal working order of a civilisation or natural environment and to limit as much as possible your impact when you must intervene.
  • How to overcome prejudice between races, as well as between species and nations.
  • That keeping your word and your promises is more meaningful than you will ever realise.
  • Why it is always best to stand by those who stand by you.
  • That peace IS possible and well worth the struggle to find it.
  • To value friendship as one of the most noble human virtues.
  • That logic is only the beginning of true wisdom.

With Leonard Nimoy’s passing today, I cannot help but feel that a large part of my childhood was lost, but thankfully not forgotten. Without people like Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner and the rest of the cast of Star Trek to embody these virtues, I may not have learned these lessons soon enough, nor been able to put them into proper context. Certainly I would have learned some of these values from my siblings and parents, but children often relate much easier to colourful characters in books and theatre than they do adults who seem to be constantly telling them what to do.

Shows like Star Trek implanted the seed of hope in many of us.  The hope that our world could be better, if we all worked together.  The hope that peace was and is indeed possible.  The hope that racial tensions in the future would be a thing of the very distant past.

Think what we might have learned if we only had shows like “Big Brother” and “The Real Housewives of Wherever” on which to rely.  Oh, wait…that’s happening to the newest generation, isn’t it?

To all the past and present cast, crew and writers of Star Trek, I wish only one thing:

Live long and prosper, no matter where you have boldly gone knowing you made a profound difference in a little girl’s outlook on the world.

Leonard Nimoy as Spock 1913 - 2015

Leonard Nimoy as Spock
1913 – 2015

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Choose wisely.

In the midst of the bombing at the Boston Marathon and the explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas, we should consider the next time we are viewing such cultural programming such as Big Brother or Jersey Shore or the ironically named, The Real World, that maybe, just maybe, these aren’t the people whose lives should be commanding our attention. They do nothing but whine and complain and bitch at each other over completely idiotic and mindless things like who looked at whose boyfriend or girlfriend and then they fight, sometimes physically, over whatever imaginary conflict it is.

Should we not instead be focusing our attention and adulation on people who, for instance, immediately sprang into action without any regard for their own safety to help other people? When you watch the awful video(s) of the Boston Marathon explosion, for instance, you see the explosion go off and within milliseconds, several emergency, police, military and just regular people don’t go running away from the explosion site, but right for it because they realised other people there needed their help. Several of the runners did their part by continuing to run the marathon straight for the blood donor clinic.

With the fertilizer plant explosion in Waco, Texas, several of the people killed were fire fighters who paid the ultimate price so that others might live.

So, the next time Honey Boo Boo commands your attention, or you’re anxiously awaiting who’ll say yes to the dress, maybe ask yourself instead why you care about those shallow, empty people, and why the people who do things that really matter, and yet receive little to no recognition for those actions, escape your interest.

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