Whom God Helps

“It is a fearful thing to hate whom God has loved. To look upon another—his weaknesses, his sins, his faults, his defects—is to look upon one who is suffering. He is suffering from negative passions, from the same sinful human corruption from which you yourself suffer. This is very important: do not look upon him with the judgmental eyes of comparison, noting the sins you assume you would never commit. Rather, see him as a fellow sufferer, a fellow human being who is in need of the very healing of which you are in need. Help him, love him, pray for him, do unto him as you would have him do unto you.”

~St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

(Art via pravmir.com)

can we talk about the TOS episode “Whom Gods Destroy”

first of all, we get to see Spock watching a Orion woman dancing her sexy dance and listen to him say, “Nostalgic. Not unlike the dances Vulcan children learn in grade school.” wTF Spock?? What kind of dances are you learning? (but also please picture Spock doing a belly dance in flowing fabric while the tambourines play)

But THEN the Orion woman has to Seduce Kirk ™ and honestly he is just so uninterested the whole time? Until! she mentions Spock will be joining them soon! At which point Jim is 100% on-board for their threesome. He says “Spock” like “spaahk!” with this dopey grin, omg you cannot believe

plus we have Dr. McCoy and Scotty literally just on the bridge having the same “ooh what can we do? nothing!” scene over and over. But they are so kind to one another?? “I know you’re trying your best.” and McCoy bouncing on his toes like a NERD. Like, shh, it’s okay, don’t worry, we’re all friends here.

Plus, the episode literally ends with two Kirks (one is fake) in a room and Spock like ??? which is real?? who do I stun??? And Spock manipulates them into a hand-to-hand fight and just sits on the floor and WATCHES THEM WRESTLE. W.T.F. SPOCK! what the hell man. On the record: He could have stunned them both at any time and solved the whole thing. He just wanted Kirk squared for the spank bank.