For millions around the world the passing of Leonard Nimoy feels more like the death of a good friend then that of a celebrity.
Why is that?
Star Trek is more than just science fiction. It is a cultural phenomenon. On a personal level though, the death of Leonard Nimoy hits home for many reasons. As a resident of Florida’s Space Coast, I was certainly a fan of Star Trek. Many of my friends were NASA engineers and because of Star Trek, we shared a positive view of what the future could be like. Star Trek imagined an earth free of prejudice and violence and one where our differences were not cause for division but for unity.
Leonard Nimoy was the actor who brought the character of Spock to life. Spock was half Vulcan and half human. He was the steadfast and loyal friend of the courageous Captain Kirk who tempered Kirk’s cavalier behavior with logic and intelligence. Yet on a deeper level Spock resonated with many fans—including me.
Spock struggled with his identity. He longed to fit in to Vulcan society where logic, intellectual excellence and physical strength were highly prized values. But it wasn’t that easy for Spock. Being half human gave him a deeply emotional side which he worked hard to suppress. He also possessed what could be considered psychic abilities. In short, Spock was one complicated character who contained something relatable for just about everyone who didn’t quite fit into the “in” crowd.
As a psychic child, I never really fit in. It is hard enough to be a kid, but when you’re different and have strange abilities that others don’t understand, this creates quite a challenging childhood. There were times I just wanted to be like everyone else and not be afraid to be who I really was.
Then one day after school everything changed. I got hooked on a syndicated show called Star Trek. Finally, in Spock I found a role model. He was talented and different. He was subjected to prejudices and name calling. But it was his unique abilities which not only made him stand apart from the crowd but to stand out in the crowd. Because of his unusual gifts Spock became essential to the success of Starship Enterprise’s mission of discovery.
Nimoy’s Spock showed us that the true adventure in life may not be exploring strange new worlds, but instead exploring the depths of our own being. Through self-discovery one can see that being unusual isn’t something to fear, but something to revere.
And for that, I thank you Leonard Nimoy—may your spirit “Live Long and Prosper…”
Mark Anthony the Psychic Lawyer®
Author of Evidence of Eternity