You are standing by a switch which will change the track a train is traveling on. On the track in which the train is heading are four people who do not see the train coming. You can flip the switch to save them, but this would put the train on a track with one person standing on it. You cannot call out to them or save them in any other way - if you do nothing, four people will die, and if you take action, one person will die. What do you do?
Pon farr is the result of their control of their emotions at all other times. They had a very, very, violent past. Most Vulcan historians agree that they would have wiped themselves out if it hadn't been for Surak. He is the one who brought logic and reason to the troubled Vulcan psyche, through meditation, and applied logic. This is when the splinter group that became the Romulans left Vulcan. They would not accept this. They don't go through pon farr, as they embrace their emotions at all times, though they are still more logical and reasonable than humans. You win. :(
Quite a wealth of information on pon farr... I was particularly amused by this bit:
On stardate 54238.3, Tuvok began the early stages of another pon farr. Since he was stranded aboard the USSVoyager in the Delta Quadrant, return to Vulcan was impossible. He intended to control his pon farr with a combination of disciplined meditation and specially prepared medication. His neurotransmitters did not absorb the medication, and The Doctor was not present to prescribe an alternative. Tom Paris designed a hologram of T'Pel to handle the situation (emphasis mine).
And he felt as if he were cheating on his wife with the hologram. Even though it was of T'Pel. So the emotions are still there, just very controlled most of the time.
Romulans are also pretty bad-ass.
Very bad-ass. They are considered counter-punchers, that is they will wait to see what others do, then react. They almost never take the initiative in any situation, but when they do step, watch out.
I love Trek, too. And the Vulcans aren't even my favorite, as I said before. It is the Klingons. What nerds we be. I could talk Trek all day.
Ok well I definitely want to have that discussion! Klingons are up next! Yay! I'll start a new discussion topic just for Klingons... Or if I don't get to it soon enough, one of you may go right ahead and I'll jump in later. About to hit the sack.
Yeah, me too. Night guys. Pleasant dreams. Will be back tomorrow night when I get back from work.
And to you. It was very nice having some Trek-talk with you both. Have a good day tomorrow!