“Peace and all good things to you.” — St. Francis (“Your peace is your power.”–TV preacher). Peace is not just the absence of war, violence or tension. It is the presence of something … a blessing … Merriam Webster online calls it a state of tranquility, harmonious relations, freedom from oppressive thoughts. The Hebrew for peace is shalom, a blessing of fullness, not absence: Bible Hub : completeness, soundness. Let our greetings of, and calls for, peace be robust! Hold your peace! Spread your peace!
“Live long and prosper.” The hand gesture accompanying this “Vulcan saying” from “Star Trek” is based on the Hebrew letter we pronounce “shin,” which is the first letter of “Shaddai.” El Shaddai is one of the Hebrew words for God. According to the documentary film, “For the Love of Spock,” the gesture was designed by Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Mr. Spock. He had seen the gesture as a boy attending Jewish High Holy Day services. He believed the offering of such a sign would add a depth of meaning to Vulcan culture in “Star Trek” story plots. Thanks to hebrewforchristians.com and to Wikipedia’s “Vulcan Salute” article.
To be continued as we archive more “phrases on stun” worth remembering and learning from.