We’d like to show the side of the world you don’t normally see on television.
I am an avid Star Trek fan, and go by the log in MrSpockYouGo in some places. Mr. Spock’s home planet, Vulcan, is home to a race that at one point was quite war like,
and found the path to peace many many millennia ago, actually around the time that
Jesus was on planet Earth. One of the many many Star Trek Books I have is Spock’s
World, which presents a history of the planet Vulcan. So I thought today I would
pull together some information on the planet Vulcan.
All quotes are from the book Spock’s World, by Diane Duane.
First, let’s describe the Planet Vulcan. Vulcan is a desert planet located at 40 Eri A. The star system consists of a dwarf and white giant, and instead developing one large planet
and a small moon developed two bodies of nearly the same size. The other planet was called T’Khut.
Life when it developed was actually as plentiful and varied as on Earth, and then the star 30 Eri A
had a solar flare. The book says it best:
“The fossil record on Vulcan shows plainly enough how quickly the star flared, and how violently, growing ten percent in size as something went radically wrong with the fusion reaction … It took
no more than ten or twenty minutes to burn almost all the forests: a day to boil the oceans again,
leaving seventy percent of the ocean beds turned into bare, scorched sand and mud.
The deserts were charred, melted to glass in some places. Metal, where it lay close to the
surface, ran molten. Trace gases in the atmosphere ignited: a great deal of oxygen and nitrogen
was ionized and whirled off the planet in the terrible heat. … Most of the living creatures on
One thing that was unique about Vulcan’s (at least in this book) is that they were able to directly experience God – the book referred to it as the Other. The Vulcan’s called this a’Tha. Again, a quote from the book:
“He folded his hands and steepled his fingers. ‘There is no context in your translation because it is probably the one concept in the language that must be continually reexperienced to be valid.
You cannot freeze it into one form, any more than you would want to repeat the same breath over and
over all your life. One must experience a’Tha differently every second. But that is not a
tradition or a stricture imposed by people – merely a function of the structure of the universe.
Your position in space-time constantly changes: a’Tha must change as well.’
Jim shook his head. ‘I’m missing something.’
‘I think not,’ Spock said. ‘I think most human languages would render the concept as ‘immanence.’ or something similar. a’Tha is the direct experience of the being or force responsible for the creation and maintenance of the Universe.’
‘God’ Jim said, incredulous.
… Vulcans experience that presence directly and constantly. Always have, to varying degrees. The word is one of the oldest known, one of the first ever found written, and is the same in almost all of the ancient languages.
McCoy looked at Spock curiously. ‘You’re telling me,’ he said, ’that the piece of information that most species spend most of their time searching for and complaining about and having wars over –
and can never achieve certainty about – is the one piece of information you just happen to have.
All of you?’
‘Yes,’ Spock said,’ that is an accurate summation.’ must think it would solve a great deal. In some ways it does. But there are many, many questions that this certainty still leaves unresolved,
and more that it raises. Granted that God exists: why then does evil do so? Why is there entropy?
Is the force that made the Universe one that we would term good? What is good?
And if it is, why is pain permitted?”
(end of quote)
This presence that Vulcans feel is akin to God that is present in each and every one of us. The point I am making here is that even with a race that was able to directly hear God,
they still developed into a war like race. Of course that was a book, and parts of the
Vulcan history were developed over time as the series developed because that is what was
needed for the story line. And the Vulcans just about wiped themselves out. And this
happened about the time that Jesus was walking on planet Earth. The main character at this
time was named Surak. By this time Vulcan had developed into a very technologically advanced society,
but they were still war like. Surak’s family were business consultants. Surak was up late
working on something for the business when he caught a glimpse (on a news channel) of an
antimatter explosion on T’Khut that left a crater 500 miles wide and 10 miles deep.
Something like this is likely to drive anybody over the edge, and for Surak this was the start
of his journey that would transform the planet. Surak refers to this as the day he came alive.
He made a choice at that time, and he chose the path of peace.
If memory serves (in Star Trek) Earth did have a third world war that just about wiped out the planet. Of course I could point out inconsistencies in the “history of star trek” when bouncing between the
books and the movies. But it is true that if we don’t listen to the God that is in each and every
one of us we could do what Vulcan just about did. And the important thing is that they did work through it
and develop into a galactic community that brought out the best in everyone, instead of the worst.
He started writing, and distributing his material on the Nets. He was not listened to at first, but eventually he was. And it grew, slowly at first, eventually catching on like wildfire. Surak was eventually
called in to mediate a dispute, and he negotiated a settlement. And then they were contacted by an alien race.
These aliens were Duthuliv pirates, and did not have thoughts of peace. And this brought about a war
that eventually lead to those wanting to embrace war leaving, eventually becoming the Romulans.
Surak was eventually killed by the Yhri faction. When this happened, it brought about a major
transformation. They just kept sending emissaries, who were killed, and the Yhri faction
eventually just gave up.
Again quoting the book: “… the Yhri’s heart simply seemed to go out of them. … Yhri talked at length about Surak,
before going into self-exile themselves. They said they could never shake the feeling that no
matter what they did, something associated with this man knew their deepest secrets,
and all the evils they had ever done, and still forgave them.” My take is that what Surak,
and his followers, found was the love that comes from God. They were able to tap into
that unconditional love and use it to fuel love of self, and love of their neighbor.
And when love of that magnitude is used, they have no enemies, for everybody is one with
God and each other, they all become one.
So now that we have described what happened, let’s explore some of his quotes:
Any one see similarities with many religious principles today, most notably the ten commandments?
This is my Journey of Faith