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
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I recently reblogged a post from “My Everyday Power Blog” which struck a singular chord with me, and it got me thinking: What will my Future Self thank my Present Self for? Taking it one step further, will my Past Self thank me for anything that I’ve done to this point? Certainly I’ve taken some missteps along the way, and forgive me for being smug in admitting that those have been few and far between.
There’s no way of knowing absolutely, of course, if all of the choices and paths I have made and taken are the correct ones, but I can only say for certain is that this little charmer deserves every wise choice I can muster no matter its consequence, if only to preserve the faith and wonder she started out with:
Case in point: I recently made a choice – a difficult one – to eliminate some ongoing melodrama in my life. Since the details of this particular drama bore me beyond bearing, I will spare you those tedious tidbits. There was a brief moment of doubt where I asked myself, quietly, “What have I done?” A louder, and much younger voice answered quickly, “What you always do: what you HAD to do.” To ensure that I was not, as I had feared, going slowly insane, I ran this by a couple of trustworthy friends (not all of whom are amongst the living and yes, I know how this makes me sound) who confirmed what my 3-year-old self had already informed me: That no matter what, my choices are mine to make, as well as mine to live by. Can I live with them? Certainly. Because I never want to have to face that daunting 3-year-old and have to tell her why I gave her anything less than my level best.
I am fortunate in this life to have the love and support of my spouse, my family and my closest friends who are also there to remind me of this whenever I encounter those rare moments of self-doubt. For those of you that do not have this support network, I can only say this: Dig deep to your younger selves and realize the potential you had at that early age and give your small shadows whatever you can because you are both worthy of the effort, and don`t let anyone tell you differently. Your future selves will thank you for it.