Goodbye, Spock


I find myself sad at the passing of Leonard Nimoy, and I don’t really know why. There are a dozen reasons why this should just be a blip on the Facebook timeline as it rolls by. I never met the man. I don’t know anything about his personal life other than he was married. I can’t say that I kept up with him through paparazzi shots or ever read a book about his life. Was he Christian? Jewish? Atheist? Democrat? Republican? I honestly don’t know.

That is not logical, Captain. ~Spock

True, it’s not logical that I would have any sadness at all about the passing of a Hollywood star. But it’s true. There’s something about certain characters that we are drawn to as individuals. I grew up in a Star Trek home … a committed one. Which means no ‘Next Generation’ viewing here. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a complete episode of Next Generation. But I’ve seen the original tv shows and movies multiple times. This past year for Christmas I bought my mother a blu-ray DVD set of all the Star Trek movies. Now, I’m not a fanatic … I never dressed up as any of the characters nor memorized large sections of dialog. I wouldn’t be able to win a Star Trek trivia game. It was just a show I grew up with and never let go.

Change is the essential process of all existence. ~ Spock

Just a few reasons why I especially liked Mr. Spock:

He was unflappable. Nothing … no crisis … no immediate threat … no incoming phaser beam … could make him sweat.

He was indisputable. When he pronounced something as a fact, it sounded like that was the end of the discussion.

He was observant. He was not a robot, he observed, learned, drew conclusions from the humans surrounding him.

He was amused. Whenever Bones would go off on one of his tirades or Kirk would present an impassioned choppy speech, he remained aloof.

He was morally driven. Though he was emotionless, he was able to make moral decisions and be guided by them. All fans remember…

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.”

But Leonard Nimoy was not actually Spock. He was a man and someone who was loved by people who knew him best. We will all go on in our continuing mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before…. or just go about our daily tasks. But, today there is a bit of sadness at this loss.

Leonard Nimoy’s last tweet: A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP

Yes. Live long and prosper.

Thanks for reading, JD.


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