I’m trying to find practical and theoretical information on Vulcan philosophy as set down by Surak and practiced by Vulcans. I’ve experienced numerous problems, despite Vulcans being one of the iconic races of Star Trek, there appears to be little information on exactly what the Teachings of Surak were and how Vulcan’s apply them to their lives. For instance, we know that Vulcans are vegetarians that don’t touch their food, but we’re never told why. It’s possible both of those aspects of Vulcan behavior predate Surak. We’re told that Vulcans attempt to ‘be logical’ but that’s about as useful a philosophy as ‘be nice*.’ If a group of humanoids are infected with a lethal, rapidly spreading disease, it’s logical to wipe them out, yet there’s evidence that Vulcan’s also possess a sense of compassion that would prevent them from doing so. As Surak began his teachings to combat the destruction wars were causing on his homeworld, it’s possible that he advocated Reason + Compassion + Respect for Diversity. I’d prefer material from the shows and books as, while I appreciate fan work, I’d like to stay as true to the official version of Vulcans as possible. * For instance, two people could have very different views on the death penalty or homosexuality, and both would be logical in that their conclusion comes from their premises, but their premises would have to be based on opinions. At the moment, ‘Human life is valuable’ or ‘Sexual orientation is an expression of genetics’ are both opinions.