The Wrong Lilies

The Wrong Lilies

Saturday, February 28, 2015


As a young mother, dealing with the demands of a toddler and an infant while their father worked full-time and also went to college, I found so much comfort and pleasure in the stories of the original Star Trek series.  When I had to defend my appreciation for these stories, I simply found the words:  “They explore the human condition.”  Many people looked at the strange aliens and the strange alien environments and the strange alien situations, and did not realize that there were many metaphors for the way that we as humans interact with each other.  Everything was explored in those stories, from religion to lifestyles to gender attitudes, but that exploration was done in a way that taught, for those who would learn.  And one of the most interesting aspects of all the explorations, for me, was Spock’s logic, particularly as he was half-Vulcan and half-human, and therefore had the dubious pleasure of having human emotions and Vulcan requirement for logic.    And over and over, it seemed to me that human emotions were shown to be both blessing and curse and that pure logic was shown to be blessing and curse as well.  As Mr. Spock said many times, “Fascinating.”


And here is something that Leonard Nimoy, the wonderful human who gave Mr. Spock a type of reality, said:  “A life is like a garden.  Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.”

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