Re: Is the holodeck really "relaxing"?
Rush Limborg wrote:
I believe...Spock brought up this oddity in non-Vulcan nature best:
"On my planet...to rest is...to rest
--to cease using energy. To me, it is quite illogical to...'run up and down on green grass', using
energy...when one should be conserving it."
That would be Spock not getting the "human concept" of recreation--not getting human concepts was often his function as an outside observer in many episodes--and I think "recreation" better describes the intended purpose of the holodeck than does "relaxing" (though an individual may end up being more relaxed as a result
of taking some recreational time and blowing off steam or otherwise focusing on other things for a while.)
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming
that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, journal entry for 8 November 1838.