In Honor of Star Trek Day, September 8th By Samir Becic
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.
Who doesn’t remember these words from the Star Trek TV and movie franchise, a favorite show to countless millions of viewers and fans around the world? I definitely remember them, and I happily watched every single episode. Naturally, something I noticed as a health “fanatic” was the Vulcan way of living. In the show, Vulcans are classified as a highly intelligent, extra-terrestrial humanoid species, with a more robust appearance than an ordinary human. To me, it was interesting that in writing this mythos, Gene Roddenberry chose to demonstrate the direct correlation between strength and intellect in the Vulcan race; an ideal coincidentally, held in high regard by the ancient Greeks. Being fascinated with the fictional Vulcan way of living, and their healthy life philosophies, I began researching available data, in the hope of extracting singular enlightenment for the human race.
Vulcans prefer a vegetarian diet and would eat meat on a very rare occasion, if nothing else is available or for specific needs. They choose water over other options and will drink alcohol only for celebratory purposes, because they don’t want alcohol to affect their logical faculties. To Vulcans, consuming chocolate makes them inebriated, so they minimize their intake of it.
Vulcans live lives of strict self-control through extensive meditation practices. While Vulcans are exceptionally emotional, they developed a meditation technique that calms them down and allows them to solve problems in a logical manner; this is one of the best ways to find logical solutions instead of emotional conflict. Vulcans meditate on a daily basis to keep their center and calm. Put simply, their motto is “live long and prosper”…
Although generally philosophical and non-violent in nature, the Vulcans nonetheless developed martial arts techniques for their hand-to-hand combat. Martial Arts are a highly ritualistic practice similar to the philosophy of Kung-Fu or Karate. The majority of Vulcans are skilled in self-defense, and particularly known for their neck pinch that renders victims instantly unconscious. Overall, Vulcans are physically stronger and more skilled in combat than their human counterparts.
In the Star Trek narrative, Vulcans have become more advanced and evolved than humans, a necessary transition implemented to overcome their past behaviors, which might have been worse than that of humans. Consequently, they evolved because they chose intellect, healthy lifestyle, and mental balance (and even honing their combat and military skills). Through this evolution, they have achieved a more fulfilled and longer lifespan; ranging between 100-200 years.
I wrote this article in an attempt to motivate millions of Star Trek fans around our own planet to live more like Vulcans. To harness the wisdom of our favorite characters like Spock and T’Pol! Even if the Vulcans are fictional people, they still represent an ideal society, one replete with enlightenment, honor and tremendous skills, all of which we desire. By following a similar philosophy, and finding an equilibrium between physical fitness, healthy nutrition, and mental balance, we can all benefit and improve our own society.
A special thanks to visionary Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek Franchise, for developing such a rich storyline and an avant-garde society.