Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution. ~Kahlil Gibran
Spock, the supremely logical half human being, is not the answer I believed in my youth. The answer to what? The answer to life, the universe, everything. Any encountered situation could be handled by the unemotional application of logic. It took me years to realize Spock was hiding his heart, protecting it from pain by creating a barrier constructed of logic helping him maintain a safe distance from feeling vulnerable. Logic is, quite frankly, illogical for a human being.
Being vulnerable is extremely difficult because it is scary, opens our hearts to ravages unimagined save for the depths of nightmares when one wakes up screaming. We avoid fear of most kinds because we lack the courage necessary to face anxiety head on, lack the courage to heartily embrace the unknown with the body wagging fervor of a dog greeting a long-missing owner.
Our tendency is to choose the cowardly path of vilifying anything different, anything not in lockstep with who we believe ourselves to be. We paint the world in white and black, right and wrong, us and them, friend and foe. We paint the hideous mask of enemy on any Ism outside our comfort zone. These psychological barriers are followed by physical to keep ‘them’ at bay without seeing the same walls imprison us in a small-minded world.