My son, my bf, and I saw the new movie “Star Trek Into Darkness” last night. (I originally thought there MUST be a punctuation mark in that title — perhaps a “:” or a “,” or even a “.” But no. Nada.)
My son had one major question after the movie: “Why was it called ‘Into Darkness?'”
I said, “Maybe because of the way the movie was lit?” Now that might sound like I was being all snark-y and Film School-y (and I did go to Film School, when I was in my 30’s), but I thought the movie was fine.
Regular readers of my blog may know that I love Star Trek, The Original Series (or TOS, an acronym which is NOT immediately obvious to me, whenever it pops up). Even if readers don’t know of my feelings about TOS (The Original Series, for those of you who couldn’t hold on to that non-intuitive acronym even for a moment, like me), they may remember that I have written several posts referencing that TV show (here, here, and here).
I’ve used Star Trek (I’m dumping the whole TOS acronym for the rest of this post, people) in this blog, mostly to illustrate an experience I’ve been having, during this Year of Living Non-Judgmentally:
as illustrated by this Star Trek “villain” (played by Gary Lockwood):
I just re-read that first post about Accelerated Learning, and you know what? There’s a lot of Good Stuff in that post, to the extent that I thought, “I wonder if I have anything else to teach them?” (or more to the point, anything else to blog about, for the rest of the year.)
(I’m actually not worried about that, in the moment, although I AM feeling a wee bit … conceited, right now, having essentially “bragged” about how helpful I think that post might be, as well as having put myself in the role of “teacher.”) (Okay, I’m letting go of any guilt about THAT, right now.)
Another thing I’ve been experiencing, this year, is a LOT of Synchronicity.
Here’s a definition of synchronicity:
syn·chro·nic·i·ty (sngkr-ns-t, sn-)
n. pl. syn·chro·nic·i·ties
1. the quality or fact of being synchronous.
2. the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (as similar thoughts in widely separated persons or a mental image of an unexpected event before it happens) that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality —used especially in the psychology of C. G. Jung.
Note the reference to Carl Jung, who is one of my Therapy Heroes. (Another Therapy Hero was the gentle and wonderful Michael White, from Narrative Therapy.)
(Note also that the first definition, above, is essentially useless, as it refers to another form of the same word.)
Something else to note: another word for the concept of synchronicity is “coincidence.”
Here’s something I’ve noticed. I get really excited about coincidences, and not everybody does.
Sometimes I think: there are two kinds of people in this world. People who get excited about coincidences and people who don’t.
Sometime I think: there are two kinds of people in this world. People who think there are two kinds of people in this world and people who don’t.
So where was I, before all those digressions in parentheses AND italics?
Oh, yes. Star Trek. And Synchronicity.
So, right around the time that I was blogging so much about the shiny-eyeballed, scarily-smart Gary Lockwood character from Star Trek, rumors were swirling around the internet about the new Star Trek Movie, to be released in May.
And one of the rumors I read was this:
The villain in the new Star Trek Movie will be some version of the Gary Lockwood character in The Original Series.
I thought, “Wow! How cool is that? I’ll have to tell my dear readers about THAT little piece of synchronicity!” Then, that turned out to be an old, outdated rumor. Oh, well.
But, here was a “true rumor”: the villain was going to be played by THIS guy:
Benedict Cumberbatch. Who is known, these days, for playing somebody else: another hero, who is important to me.
I remember, when I was about 13 years old, spending one whole summer reading this book:
I spent an entire summer reading this book, not because I was a slow reader (I wasn’t), but because there was SO MUCH information in this book. Yes, people, there’s a reason why the word “ANNOTATED” is the biggest word in that title. OMG.
But I loved reading every word, every minute detail, as I made my way through these wonderful stories, starring the World’s Greatest Detective.
Why is Sherlock Holmes one of my heroes?
- He is really smart.
- He pays attention, all the time.
- He doesn’t care what other people think about him.
- He takes in all the details of all his senses, to solve problems.
It’s occurring to me, for the first time, that Sherlock Holmes is somebody who is REALLY mindful, in each moment.
Now I understand, in a new way, why he’s one of my heroes.
Thanks for reading, everybody! (And I’m wondering about YOUR thoughts — regarding heroes, villains, synchronicity, Star Trek, punctuation, or anything else you got out of this post.)