‘Star Trek’s’ William Shatner And Leonard Nimoy: How Star Trek’s Kirk And Spock Inspire Strength [Opinion]

Star Trek’s William Shatner and the late Leonard Nimoy have inspired and truly are still inspiring many generations to be bold, wise, strong, and capable. While some no longer comprehend the importance of that, it’s still needed.

Star Trek’s William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy as Captain James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock taught many generations of boys how to become bold exploring men, and the lesson wasn’t lost on women either, who likewise embrace their own boldness and wisdom. Not only did Gene Roddenberry predict a path of technology, Star Trek built character by example.

Star Trek’s Enterprise crew were diverse, not only in their backgrounds but in personality and character. Each was true to himself or herself while understanding the views of others. This was very true of actors William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy as well as their characters Kirk and Spock.

Star Trek’s William Shatner is quoted on Brainy Quotes.

“We meet aliens every day who have something to give us. They come in the form of people with different opinions.”

William Shatner is 86-years-old and still proudly opinionated. William Shatner’s bold, larger than life persona is still a powerful presence on Twitter and frequent TV and public appearances. William Shatner writes books, rides horses, and recently wrote a book about horses.

Star Trek’s William Shatner expressed his long time affection for Leonard Nimoy in a recent interview with Daily Beast.

“Leonard was always the person I would seek out on the Star Trek set whenever I was confused or upset or truly needed the solace of a friend.”

Star Trek’s Spock, Leonard Nimoy, continued to express his own opinions and feelings until his death in 2015. Leonard Nimoy, much like his character Spock, was a wise spirit, imparting a great understanding of higher concepts. Leonard Nimoy’s final tweet was quoted on Newton Daily News.

“Life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had but not preserved, except in memory.”

William Shatner is a take-charge kind of guy, a lot like Captain Kirk on Star Trek, as evidenced by this important quote.

“You have to create your life. You have to carve it, like a sculpture.”

Leonard Nimoy’s life, as well as William Shatner’s, have been preserved through the magic of television, the internet, and video. Much is left of Leonard Nimoy, but most importantly perhaps is his great wisdom which still guides those who seek out his ideas.

Leonard Nimoy is quoted by E News.

“That is the exploration that awaits you! Not mapping stars and studying nebula, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence.”

Star Trek was about the free exchange of ideas, and philosophies. There was not a feeling that characters minced words. In that spirit, William Shatner is quoted on Brainy Quotes.

“I’m always open to the possibility that somebody’s got a better idea than I have. It happens with some frequency.”

Leonard Nimoy’s quotes are often very spiritual, like these from E News.

“The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have.

“When you let me take, I’m grateful. When you let me give, I’m blessed.”

Star Trek’s Kirk and Spock were in many ways polar opposites, and to some extent so were William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy but that was always OK. One huge lesson learned in Star Trek was to celebrate individuality and freedom of thought and speech.

William Shatner of Star Trek portrayed Captain James T. Kirk in the original series

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, as well as Star Trek’s Spock and Kirk, were able to disagree, exhibit very different views and values while remaining friends and working together effectively. It was a far different concept of diversity than that being taught today. Accepting a diverse set of opinions, or deciding not to take on the ideas of others, while remaining friends might be just the lesson the world needs in 2017.

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, when creating Spock and Kirk, together with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, realized that bringing together individuals from different planets would necessarily include vast differences in philosophies. That’s really what Star Trek was all about.

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy portrayed Star Trek’s Spock and Kirk as powerful and complex personas. Each crew member has his own view, perhaps shaped by a culture, experience, or nature that was unique.

Leonard Nimoy as Spock on Star Trek

Star Trek’s William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy formed their characters Kirk and Spock around their own personalities to a degree, and in turn, those roles made an impact on their real life personas.

Leonard Nimoy once said Star Trek’s Spock was like a friend, Leonard Nimoy is quoted by Mashable.

“Spock is definitely one of my best friends. When I put on those ears, it’s not like just another day. When I become Spock, that day becomes something special.”

Star Trek’s William Shatner similarly said.

“All in all, Kirk’s character is something I am very proud of.”


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Star Trek’s William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy encouraged generations of lives as Spock and Kirk, and also changed their own.

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