A fun fiction flag: The Vulcan Flag. The most recognized Vulcan being: Mr. Spock.
Being an old Star Trek traveler, and since Spock was my favorite I needed to have the Vulcan Flag. It is a hard one to find so I mentioned to my dear Chinese daughter Chen that I couldn’t find it and she responded, when I go home to Beijing I will have it made for you. In a few weeks, my prized position arrived.
The flag is a red field with a yellow circle and a rather unusual design in the center of the circle. The significance of the design is perfect for our current times.
The design has become known as the IDIC, ‘Infinite Diversity In Infinite Combinations’. It is based on the episode entitled, ‘The Savage Curtain’. Spock is talking with Kirk and says: “We’ve each learned to be delighted with what we are. The Vulcans learned that centuries before we did.”
“It is basic to the Vulcan philosophy, sir. The combination of a number of things to make existence worthwhile.”
The basis of Vulcan philosophy. “It represents a Vulcan belief (also Roddenberry’s belief) that beauty, growth, progress — all result from the union of the unlike.” And the symbol, a triangle intersecting a circle, with a stone in the center, represents this with unlike shapes – one smooth and one angular – combining together with a gemstone in the middle, “as the union of words and music creates song, or the union of marriage creates children. The circle can represent infinity, nature, woman, etc; the triangle can represent the finite, art, man, etc
On a recent trip to visit our Goddaughter in Iowa we stopped at a famous Star Trek site. We were in the small town of Riverside to see the future birthplace of Spock’s best friend, James Tiberius Kirk.
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