Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Daily Star Trek Quote Challenge, 8/1/2006

- What a blind, narrow view you have. What an arrogant man you are. What do you know of Cardassian history?

- I know that once you were a people, that you had a rich spiritual life...

- And what did peace and spirituality get us? People starved by the millions. Bodies went unburied. Disease was rampant. The suffering was unimaginable.

- Since the military took over, hundreds of thousands more have died...

- But we are feeding the people. We acquired territory during the wars. We developed new resources. We initiated a rebuilding program. We have mandated agricultural programs. That is what the military has done for Cardassia. Because of that, my daughter will never have to worry about going hungry.

- Her belly may be full, but her spirit will be empty.


I always liked this exchange. Cardassia survived by invading and plundering other star systems. The people prospered at the cost of their souls.

4 Comments:

Blogger blogantine said...

Star Trek: The Next Generation
Episode 237: "Chain of Command, Part II"

MADRED: What a blind, narrow view you have. What an arrogant man you are. What do you know of Cardassian history?

PICARD: I know that once you were a people, that you had a rich spiritual life...

MADRED: And what did peace and spirituality get us? People starved by the millions. Bodies went unburied. Disease was rampant. The suffering was unimaginable.

PICARD: Since the military took over, hundreds of thousands more have died...

MADRED: But we are feeding the people. We acquired territory during the wars. We developed new resources. We initiated a rebuilding program. We have mandated agricultural programs. That is what the military has done for Cardassia. Because of that, my daughter will never have to worry about going hungry.

PICARD: Her belly may be full, but her spirit will be empty.

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It is a good exchange. Did they ever say how long Cardassia had been a plundering economy? I have a difficult time believing that it could last for long before internal divisions and disruptions would tear it apart.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006 10:47:00 PM  
Blogger Perry Eidelbus said...

Dukat tried to impress Sisko in "Defiant" by claiming the Cardassian political-military system has "worked for over five centuries." Well, even Madred painted a picture of a glorious Cardassia with a rich artistic heritage. Such a civilization is not compatible at all with a planet dominated by the military and military endeavors (particularly mercantilism with conquered worlds).

Perhaps Cardassians really did find a way to be among the galaxy's greatest artisans, though under the military's thumb? If so, Dukat still forgot one little detail, just a tiny omission on his part. You know, the impoverished wreck of a civilization that Madred grew up in, which ended (sometime before his daughter was born) only when the military and CIA-equivalent took over Cardassian society.

By the same token, Mao's Great Leap Forward was a smashing success too...if you ignore possibly 70 million people starving to death.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006 12:00:00 AM  
Blogger TKC said...

It also depends on what you consider art. I remember the exchange between Garak and Bashir over great Cardassian literature where the work in question was considered a classic because of the main characters constant sacrafices to the state.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006 8:07:00 PM  
Blogger TKC said...

"When it comes to art, you're obviously a prisoner of Federation dogma and human prejudice." -Garak from ep 'The Wire'

Wednesday, August 02, 2006 8:13:00 PM  

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