We are what we worship. At least, we try to be.
Christians ask themselves What Would Jesus Do? Goddess worship appeals especially to empowered women. Satanists (the stereotype) appear powerful and evil. Xena, who worshipped a delicious Ares-God-of-War, added Warrior to the title Princess.
And Dr. Sheldon Cooper, on TBBT, pretty much worships Leonard Nimoy's Spock from Star Trek.
Even the casual viewer must've caught on. Sure, all the guys tend to choose "Spock" when playing "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock," resulting in multiple ties ("The Lizard-Spock Expansion"). But Sheldon's the one who always chooses Spock when playing 20 Questions, enabling Raj to win in one turn ("The Vegas Renormalization"). Sheldon finds wearing a Spock costume to a Renaissance Faire--pretending it's a pseudo-Renaissance planet--less anachronistic than the Faire itself ("The Codpiece Topology"). Sheldon's favorite gift ever is a napkin with Leonard Nimoy's autograph--and DNA ("The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis").
Maybe this reflects only the obvious. Sheldon has a higher intelligence than the others and doesn't wholly "get" emotions--just like Spock. Actor Jim Parsons is tall, dark-haired, and slim. Actor Leonard Nimoy (and now Zachary Quinto), aka Spock, is tall, dark-haired, and slim. Hey, suggests a writer early on, let's say Sheldon's really into Spock, 'kay? /Rationalization.
If so--short essay.
Or maybe, like everyone else, Sheldon's choice of role model goes deeper. It may give us greater insight about Sheldon....
Perhaps moreso than even Sheldon, who believes "the social sciences are largely hokum," realizes ("The Friendship Algorhythm").( Collapse )