September 2nd, 2011 - Nothing unreal exists

My son and I have watched Star Trek all summer on Netflix streaming — the original series, the Next Generation, Voyager — plus all the movies. We've still got a long way to go, but as we go along, I notice he's turning into a mini-geek Sci-Fi, enjoying himself and even quoting lines from the shows.

My favourite is this line by Spock from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Nothing unreal exists.

Pondering that, I realized how much science fiction had affected my life philosophy. While others might quote from the Bible or the Qu'ran or Torah, I can quote lines from the Bene Gesserit Litany against Fear (Frank Herbert's Dune).

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is a little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone, there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

Yeah! I love sci-fi.

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