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Hroeitts
Wed, Mar 11, 2020, 5:09pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Nepenthe

From Tapestry:

Q: "Au contraire. He's the person you wanted to be: one who was less arrogant and undisciplined in his youth, one who was less like me.."

"A little less" implies Picard was at least somewhat arrogant in his youth.

As far as adulthood, just because someone you're talking to or about is arrogant, doesn't mean your remarks to or about that person are not arrogant.

"The First Duty of Every Starfleet Officer is to the Truth!", Picard fumed. And then " lie of omission is still a lie." Picard certainly committed the latter over the show's seven-year run.

And to Beverly, in Symbiosis: :"The Prime Directive is not just a set of rules. It is a philosophy, and a very correct one. History has proven again and again that whenever mankind interferes with a less developed civilization, no matter how well intentioned that interference may be, the results are invariably disastrous."


Both a broad and narrow reading whatof the phrase "less developed" means, supports a conclusion that Picard has violated the Prime Directive. He violated the Prime Directive in "Insurrection+ - he DID play a role in determining "the next course of evolution" for the Ba'Ku, by absolutely taking sides and then blaming it on his not knowing there was a "blood feud." Also, the speech about duty to "scientific truth"? In Insurrection, he made the conscious decision to deny a ife-saving remedy to thousands of people, for the needs of a smaller group. Forced relocation is not a good thing, for sure, but there were deleterious consequences to Picard's stopping it. One can debate whether Picard's decision was morally proper.

The moral gray areas that Picard has brushed aside through these absolute statements can be seen as a sign of arrogance.

One component of arrogance is excessive pride. In Insurrection, Picard, I think, was a little too proud of his decision. Even after it's revealed he's been dragged into a blood feud, he still takes sides, failing to look at the sum of all moral implications

In "Symbiosis," his inaction was arguably a Prme Directive violation.

"The Hunted": Similar to "Symbiosis", the presence of the Enterprise facilitates certain events (the escape and recapture of Roga Danar) that Picard later deliberately interrupts to be nominally "non-interfering" but in actuality to achieve the result he desires (change in the Angosian government).
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