Saturday, February 28, 2015

You have been, and always shall be, my friend.

Leonard Nimoy passed away yesterday.  And, while I am a firm believer that none of us should be defined by just one aspect of our lives, Mr. Nimoy will always be Mr. Spock to me.

I was just 8 years old when I saw the first episode of Star Trek and from that time the series, its spin offs, and all its characters have never been far from me.  Camp to be sure, at times; some moralizing, certainly; many a great episode and themes; and some great lessons, if you were so inclined to see them.  Friendship, even with aliens and later androids (maybe we call them synthetics). Optimism that no matter what, the galaxy would be saved.  Good did, in the end, triumph over evil; and, in fact, if you tried, you could always find a way to balance the needs of the many, or the few, or the one.

As Mr. Spock warps out on his eternal journey, I hope he bumps into and makes first contact with some Vulcans or another group of benevolent aliens and sends them our way.  We could sure use a hand with our future.  Maybe that's the wish of a “fanboy”, but Mr. Spock did say that he'd like to think there were always possibilities.

Our friends from NASA ended their kind Tweet to Mr. Nimoy and Mr. Spock with “Boldy go…”. May he be there already and watching as we travel along all of our frontiers.