Mr. Spock once said that “where there is no emotion, there is no motive for violence.”
I was told that Spock might not be totally accurate because “sometimes logic can motivate violence; if sacrificing one life saves five lives, then, logically, sacrificing that life is permissible. “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one”. (WJ- Critical Thinking Prof)
I commented to him that I agreed with his statement about how sacrificing one life saving five lives could then be permissible because Spock also said that, “It is more rational to sacrifice one life than six”, that it was logical to do everything to make sure the most people survived. Spock said this in the episode Galileo Seven when Spock and company crashed on a planet and Spock was in command. He said that they had to leave three people behind and the other people didn’t like that. They were calling him heartless because he was thinking rationally. Another problem arose on the planet which made matters worse because there were these creatures that were trying to kill them and the crew wanted to kill them first, being that they had the superior weapons and could easily wipe them out, the crew wanted to do this so that no more of their people would die, however Spock wouldn’t end life like that whether they were friendly or not, he wanted to find another way without killing. Spock said that “I’m frequently appalled by the low regard you earthmen have for life” and the crew said that at least they were practical about it…. yet they were all rude to him because he was being rational and logical about sacrificing one life to save the rest of them? In another episode Spock said to Bones, “You speak about the objective hardness of the Vulcan heart, yet how little room there seems to be in yours.”
It may be true that Spock is a logical and rational man who would say that, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one”, which I believe to be true, but the opposite of that is true as well. Spock has always done what was necessary, however he has always strived for peace and not killing indiscriminately; without an absolute cause that couldn’t have turned out any other way.
Spock is a man proven to be, though hard and logical, but also peaceful, loving and human. Spock even knew that “Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end”, for he did the greatest act of both logic and love that any man could do, he sacrificed his life for that of his fellow crewmates and that of his friends.
Spock being part Vulcan= Logic
Spock being part Human= Love
“Greater love hath no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends” John 15:13
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