Temis the Friendly Ghost wrote:
But what's always interested me is that the Vulcans make out that rejecting emotional suppression would tear their world apart, that they would be savages. I think the myth of the bad stuff that emotions will do to you has grown rather inflated with time. The Romulans have a perfectly civilized empire, yes they wage war but they also have a developed culture. They don't seem any more deranged by emotions and violence than, say, the Cardassians.
Nobody has ever explained how the Rommies "get away with" snubbing logic, have they? Either the Vulcans are full of it, or, more interestingly, the Romulans have solved the problem in some other way, directing hostility outwards via vicious xenophobia, perhaps? Someday, some writers need to seriously tackle this question.
Does it really need need addressing?
Kirk once gave someone a speech in A Taste of Armageddon
about the human race, saying; "We can admit that we're killers, but we won't kill... today.
Isn't it the same for Vulcan's? They know/admit emotions are strong, with potential to cause civilizations destruction but they simply are not going to act on them... today
. No magic wand required, just perseverance NOT
to be controlled by them.