We learn things from many people: parents, teachers, Sunday School instructors. I also learned much from fictional characters. Captain Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce taught me tolerance of others and medical ethics. Trixie Belden taught me how to treat a snake bite (that has changed completely, but it was written in the 1950’s!). Spock taught me that alien life wasn’t all that different from human life and that logic is a great guiding force if used with humaneness.
I knew I was getting older, as my brother-in-law so kindly pointed out, my hair is definitely greyer than it once was. My children are growing by leaps and bounds. My parents are moving more carefully than they once did. Yet somehow I never made the connection that my heroes would also be aging.
Spock and the crew of the “Enterprise” saved humanity from our own short-sightedness in “Voyage Home” when they went back in time and found two humpback whales. For many years, I went to sleep listening to Leonard Nimoy recite “Whales Weep Not” with Paul Winter’s musical accompaniment.
He fought for so much.
How could he pass?
Though I suppose that now the burden lies with us.
The continuing mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and civilizations … to boldly go where no one has gone before …