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Old December 30 2014, 01:33 AM   #1
Brian R.W.
Vulcan Philosophy

I will try to post interpretations of popular thought and wisdom run through a logical filter which doesn't create new ideas but rather sees where they actually lead, not where we merely wish they would.

So for my first post I will share how the serenity prayer would be derived by logic from the observation that mortal creatures are not, in fact omnipotent and many things are beyond our ability to change. I will not reiterate the original serenity prayer as it appears many other places on the web for those unfamiliar with it.

The Vulcan Serenity Prayer

If there is something I cannot change, then at one level my acceptance is irrelevant, it isn't going to change. However, it is my acceptance of this irrelevance that frees resources for other goals. It is logical therefore to attribute success in any endeavor to the recognition and application of this underlying meta-reality: that the greatest change possible is to the observer himself, which in this case is acceptance - a functional definition of wisdom.

May your thoughts dispell conflict.

Brian R.W.

New Post:

This one may offend the purists in the audience, but please give it due consideration before calling me a heretic. I am going to speak to canon, and beloved canon at that, but canonical logic I find to be a little slippery. Hear me out.

Concerning The needs of the many, few and one. This is a wonderful idea in theory, but even in canon it is very slippery in practice. When the Enterprise slingshotted back in time we learned that one life can produce progeny that are much more important than the life itself. Also, it is impossible beforehand to predict who will cure cancer, or whose child will cure cancer, or even who might take the bullet for the person who will someday cure cancer.
But in the movie such head counting was actually unnecessary. This is how I believe a Vulcan would have responded, while desperately wanting to express his emotion with typical Vulcan restraint.

The ship, out of danger?

Do not mourn, it is logical, I would have died anyway. My actions did not ensure my death, Khan's did. I was dead the moment Genesis was activated. My actions, rather, ensured that others would live. This includes you Jim, I have been and always shall be your friend. And to answer the questions your grief unables you to say, we could not have been together, one of us had to be on the bridge, what you did was as important as what I did here. And no, you could not have gone in my place. You lacked my technical knowledge and physical strength. I was the logical choice here and you needed to be in the chair. The crew is conditioned to obey your orders in a crisis. Had I given the order they would have,.. hesitated.
Farewell my friend.

Okay guys, blast away.

Brian R.W.

Last edited by Brian R.W.; December 30 2014 at 11:53 AM. Reason: Additional insight.
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