Live Long And Prosper
As a writer and as a person who absorbed plenty of television programming as a child, I have often wondered if there was some unstated reason as to why the crew member on the U.S.S. Federation Enterprise who had the tightest game and was always the most up on things, just happened to be
the only non human crew member on the ship during that time.
Regardless, for some reason, perhaps seeing a commercial for the latest Star Trek movie , this image popped up in my head at the start of my day, and I decided to speak on it. The ever popular greeting is known by many , and is actually officially considered the Vulcan Salute, which is as follows.
LIVE LONG AND PROSPER
In the part of the world that I was born and raised, throwing up hand signals is a fairly common occurrence, as if it comes natural to some, even though there is always an appropriate time and place for everything. Throwing up one of these signs in the wrong place at the wrong time could easily lead to some harsh consequences.
None the less, browsing around on the Web, I actually came across an image which makes me believe that there really is…well,
you can draw your own conclusions as its whatever you make it out to be.
For me, I see that at the appropriate time,
when its time to keep it hood, even B-Rock has been seen
throwin up the set,
but that’s a whole different story!
In his autobiography I Am Not Spock, Nimoy wrote that he based it on the Priestly Blessing performed by Jewish Kohanim with both hands, thumb to thumb in this same position, representing the Hebrew letter Shin (?), which has three upward strokes similar to the position of the thumb and fingers in the salute. The letter Shin here stands for Shaddai, meaning “Almighty (God)”. Nimoy wrote that when he was a child, his grandfather took him to an Orthodox synagogue. There he saw the blessing performed, and was very impressed by it.
The greeting is given oftens in many episodes of the original Star Trek
series, yet what is never discussed is the means in which one is to achieve the goal of long life and prosperity.
Perhaps the logic is actually simple and requires one to use their own imagination, so the way my mind works, I would then imagine seeing and hearing Spock with a response in regards to how to’s saying,
“It aint nuthin to it,
but to do it,
for those that can dance & clap their hands to it”
A different perspective to consider.
Here’s To GOOD HEALTH.