Beam Me Up Scotty, or Is It Down?

The famous phrase, ironically, is alleged to never actually have been spoken in the Star Trek episodes. Still, the idea of a transporter has some interesting parallels in pain.


There is nothing wrong with using Star Trek language to stretch the imagination. When a California inventor developed a weapon that would injure or kill someone with electricity, he didn’t know what to call it. Someone said “Just call it a ‘phaser’ and everyone will know what you are talking about”. So we indulge in a bit of Star Trekery here, since Central Pain has no vocabulary and no vernacular.

One of the really challenging problems of writing for those with Central Pain is that it is essential at first to demonstrate an understanding to the reader that there is a grasp of the extreme demolition of the self which comes with Central Pain. Verbal photographs always fall pretty far short. No one, for example has ever adequately represented a visage in writing and perhaps no one ever will. No matter how well written, whether by the ancient poets, the classical authors, or for that matter modern literary geniuses, descriptions of a person’s appearance or even any feature, fail miserably short compared to a single glance at a photograph. Translation: Don’t hold your breath for people to understand what Central Pain feels like, based on your words. They will not get the picture from your words, so do not frustrate yourself by trying. Saying you are in severe pain is all you can really do.

To quote a phrase that actually WAS spoken in Star Trek, “