Star Trek is a wonderful part of my life and Leonard Nimoy was a very rich part of my idealistic youth. It represented everything that I hoped the world would be- united in peace and exploration, as one Mankind in search for knowledge and understanding, where war, money and greed was a thing of the past.
Leonard long struggled with the separation between the character and his own identity firstly dismissing the character that defined him, then finally embracing them as inseparable; Vulcans, with their sense of logic, exploring the reason with emotional detachment, contrasted with humans and their gut instinct, irrational thought, freedom. It seemed this deeply personal struggle was echoing that dialogue he was encouraging us all to explore and ultimately embodied- as who, for what purpose and how should we live our lives.
His final appearance in Star-Trek was very apt for someone who had personified the genre for so long and poignant in handing over the lead to the next generation of generations.
“I’m touched by the idea that when we do things that are useful and helpful – collecting these shards of spirituality – that we may be helping to bring about a healing.”
He inspired generations of idealistic explorers and visionaries as yet not crushed by reality and the world to find themselves, free to dream of a universe that yet could become. I’m proud to still count myself as one of them.