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Reflecting on Father's Day - Spock and Sarek

SPOCK: It was most kind of you to make this effort.
SAREK: It was not an effort. You are my son. ...Besides, I am most impressed with your performance in this crisis. 
SPOCK: Most kind. 
SAREK: As I recall, I opposed your enlistment in Starfleet. ...It is possible that judgment was incorrect. Your associates are people of good character. 
SPOCK: They are my friends. 
SAREK: Yes, of course. ...Do you have a message for your mother? 
SPOCK: Yes. Tell her ...I feel fine. Live long and prosper, father. 
SAREK: Live long and prosper, my son.  


STAR TREK has always been about family. In the largest sense, humanity is a family. We are, in every measurable way possible, related to one another as a species. Throughout the series, one of Star Trek's goals was to remind us that we are family. It reminds us that family members can disagree from time to time, but are still connected by family bonds large and small all the same.

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Sarek disagreed with Spock over his son's choice to join Starfleet rather than follow in his footsteps. That disagreement may have led to 18 years of estrangement, but it was something they were able to work past. 

For everything that's been made of Vulcan stoicism over the years, Spock loved his father. Very much. 

Logic may have suggested that the proper thing to do was work for a solution to Sarek's heart defect, but Spock still ultimately chose to save his father's life because he loved him.

Likewise, when Spock died saving the Enterprise from Khan Singh, Sarek traveled to Earth to touch something, anything of Spock, even if it was just the disembodied thoughts of his son. And when given the barest hope that his son might live again, his famous logic faltered. He had to admit publicly that he loved his son saying, "Forgive me, My logic is uncertain where my son is concerned." It's an incredible confession from one of history's most logical Vulcans. It should be no surprise to hear that a father loves his child, but coming from Sarek it's no small thing.


We're family. You, reading this piece and me sitting here typing it out, are family. Sure we're both genre fans, and it's likely that we're both Trekkies (or Trekkers if you prefer), but if you really think about it - we’re also bound by far more than that. We share DNA. We're Humans, living on our planet together. 

Its a comforting reminder given all that's happened so far in 2020. Although we may disagree from time to time, I know what binds us together is stronger than anything trying to keep us apart. 

Spock and Sarek may be fictional characters, but their example is very real, and its something to keep in mind this father’s day.


John Cooley 
John Cooley is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.  

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