9 Things Spock Would Say About Datingby The Frisky on April 04, 2013
I must admit, as much as I adored both options presented in last week’s “You Choose It, We Write It” – and would have and will happily write both — I was especially eager to write one in particular. So thank you to all of you who voted, especially the 55 percent who voted for the winner, “9 Things Spock Would Say About Dating.” I am, after all, a bit of a Trekkie and was sure that the Content Idea Generator was on to something with this idea. And boy, was I right. Spock is officially my dating guru. Click on to read some of his completely logical pearls of relationship wisdom, and may your dating life live long and prosper.
– Amelia McDonell-Parry. This post originally appeared on The Frisky.
“It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.”
Translation: We want what we can't have, until we have it and then we realize we didn't really want it after all.
Logic: Often when we're caught up in the instability of dating, we find ourselves consumed with wondering about the thoughts, feelings and actions of the person we're dating -- instead of focusing on our own emotions. Do you actually like this person? Do you think you're genuinely compatible? Ignore obsessive thoughts and listen to your gut and heart -- and perhaps less of us would end up in relationships that don't make us happy.
“It is undignified for a woman to play servant to a man who is not hers.”
Translation: Unless he's your boyfriend, don't treat him like one.
Logic: Putting aside the subtle sexism in Spock's words -- I would, of course, argue that women shouldn't play servant to any man, hers or not -- what the Vulcan is getting at is that a woman (or a man, for that matter) shouldn't give of themselves to someone who doesn't want them or appreciate them. Aye aye!
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“Your illogical approach to dating does have its advantages on occasion.”
Translation: Sometimes it takes risk to reap the rewards.
Logic: Spock was technically talking to Captain Kirk about chess, but the meaning stays the same. Like chess, dating can be a game, and each player/dater has their own approach and strategy that makes sense to them. But deviating from that approach, doing what doesn't "make sense," and throwing off your opponent/date can lead to victories you never thought possible.
“I prefer the concrete, the graspable, the provable.”
Translation: Don't make shit up in your head and focus on reality.
Logic: Just because he hasn't texted you back in a few hours, doesn't mean he's off having a threesome with two strippers.
“After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.”
Translation: Desire is sometimes more satisfying that satisfaction actually is.
Logic: Well, as Spock says, this isn't particularly logical, but it's often true. In dating, sometimes it's better to have someone as a crush, rather than an actual conquest.
“Without facts, the decision cannot be made logically. You must rely on your human intuition.”
Translation: In the absence of proof, rely on your gut.
Logic: Even Spock knows that one cannot always wait around for concrete, graspable, provable evidence that something is amiss, in which case, you should go with your gut. If something really, really doesn't feel right -- the excuses your boyfriend is continually giving you for being late, the nagging feeling in your stomach that he isn't the one for you, etc. -- even if you can't prove any wrongdoing, listen to what your intuition is telling you. Like that he's off having a threesome with a couple of strippers.
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“It would be illogical to assume all conditions remain stable.”
Translation: Things are blissful now, but things can always change.
Logic: Unfortunately, Spock can sometimes come off like a bit of a cynic. I prefer to think of him as a harsh realist. Yes, maybe you're in love now, but people change, things happens, shit gets crazy -- you and your boo may be compatible now, but there's no telling what could happen in the future to drive you apart. Sigh. Way to kill the mood, Mister Spock.
“Our differences combine to create meaning and beauty.”
Translation: Opposites attract!
Logic: Oh, thank god, there's a romantic inside Spock after all! If Spock was into online dating -- seriously, Starfleet should consider implementing some version of OKCupid -- I believe he would advise users to look for matches that yes, they had things in common with, but also a number of qualities that were different but complementary. Because it is through those differences coming together that people grow and and learn more about themselves. Aww!
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“We must acknowledge once and for all that the purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis.”
Translation: Fuck couple's counseling.
Logic: Dammit. Cynical Spock is back.