Mr. Spock has left us for the great beyond. A childhood hero to tens of millions, evangelist of all that is cool and possible too, actor Leonard Nimoy is gone. I can scarcely even type it. Some things, some people, some ideas, we simply cannot imagine their passing away from us. Perhaps the thing that needs saying most at a time like this, the creator of Star Trek, Gene Rodenberry said once:
“It isn’t all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning.”
There’s a Twitter #hashtag today,
#RIPNimoy, as well as #LeonardNimoy…. I think this medium may be the best way to say goodbye to a man the world loved and identified with. As for me, I know not what to say except that I too was captivated by Nemoy, Spock, and the synthesis that became the mind melding of the two. No TV character save Captain Kirk himself, could evoke such an outpouring of fanatic popularism, mixed with instinctual curiosity. Spock, as I am sure most people will later identify him, reached beyond the stars, literally and figuratively. He represents all we dreamed possible on the one hand, and what we cherish most from childhood on the other.
Leonard had the presence to tweet this before he passed away, which I find a compelling tribute to his character and kindness throughout his life.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015
I think he was trying to say; “Remember me” the day before a dreadful illness took him. The day before he shared a bit of his poetry:
I will be sharing my poetry. Today’s is, “You and I have Learned,” which is in my book, These Words Are for You. LLAP pic.twitter.com/CsHAtmtDnz
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 22, 2015
You know it’s so strange, surreal, sitting here weeping over a lost friend I never met in person. Man, oh man, so many wonderful memories. I know a great many are doing the same, reflecting on the gifts of life, memories shared, and the collective soul of hope we all share. LLAP indeed Spock. May God spirit you to galaxies we only imagined through your travels on Enterprise.
I’d also like to offer my personal condolences to the family and friends of Leonard, who I am sure are hurt at this moment. In his own words, maybe there is some solace. Spock the character once said:
“Loss of life is to be mourned, but only if the life was wasted.”
Leonard Nimoy gave the universe to hundreds of millions. Of our friend much is being said, but Kirk says it best in this clip from The Wrath of Khan. The crew of planet Earth bids you farewell Mr. Spock, for now, until we find the Genesis planet.