Saturday, February 28, 2015

Things I Learned from Commander Spock

R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy.

It's tempting and poetic to say that I learned the following lessons from watching Star Trek. In fact, I learned these things in many different ways, some of them much less enjoyable than watching Star Trek. But Leonard Nimoy's Spock was one of them.

It's good to be smart.

Some people will not like you if you're different. That's their problem, not yours.

You may not be able to control what you feel, but you can control what you do.

Fake friends like you if you're who they want you to be. Real friends like you for who you are.

The proper response to the Unknown is neither to fear it, nor to bow in awe before it, but to try to understand it.

And, of course, this.


  1. There really was a lot of wisdom that came from that character. That's why it is so memorable. Sad to see him go.

  2. Yes, indeed. I was surprised by how moved I was by the news; it was totally illogical. Part of it is that, by all accounts, Nimoy was a genuinely sweet person.