“Live long and prosper.” This familiar Vulcan salute rings in our ears spoken in the deep and sonorous voice of Mr. Spock [aka Leonard Nimoy] of Star Trek. Some of us grew up with this benediction blessing our days. Spock had much to teach us. He conveyed a message about living as a mixed blood individual and about being different. Lessons we are still trying to learn.
Perhaps the most significant thing that Spock showed us was the importance of reason, logic, and intellect. He showed us how to use our heads. He made it cool to be smart, principled, and logical. We could use that lesson again. Scientists give us verifiable data about the environment. It is for the most part ignored. We have access to facts about food and diet. Yet unhealthy, even dangerous habits continue. Economists give us data and analyses related to the economy. Greed speaks louder. The doctor tells us to quit smoking or we’re going to die and we light up. Alcohol causes incalculable costs to society and drinking to excess continues. Educators give data driven information about educational methods yet they are virtually ignored by school boards, legislatures, and parents. We could go on and on. Humans have extensive intellectual abilities. We have the capacity to reason. And yet we so often choose to act on habit or on personal short term interest ignoring the evidence at hand. Just take the easy way out.
The trouble is, that won’t result in the blessing we seek: Live long and prosper.
Lectionary readings for today:
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Mark 8:31-38 or Mark 9:2-9
Prayer: May we use appreciate our capacity for reason and logic. May we use our brains to serve the dreams of God for a world that is truly home to all. Amen.