«Open your eyes, Captain. Why is the Federation so obsessed with the Maquis? We’ve never harmed you – and yet we’re constantly arrested and charged with terrorism. Starships chase us through the Badlands, and our supporters are harassed and ridiculed. Why? Because we’ve left the Federation – and that’s the one thing you can’t accept. Nobody leaves Paradise – everyone should want to be in the Federation. Hell, you even want the Cardassians to join; you’re only sending them replicators because one day, they can take their rightful place on the Federation Council. You know, in some ways, you’re even worse than the Borg. At least they tell you about their plans for assimilation. You’re more insidious; you assimilate people, and they don’t even know it.»
Eddington in Star Trek DS9: «For the Cause»
Given the recent bypassing of our constitution (I’m speaking about Germany, but judging from the news, it might apply to the US and other countries as well), I began to look at positions much more critically.
Which is funny when a common criticism of those who do not agree with the government is that these people are stupid, naive, or just haven’t thought about the issue. I would assume that unless you act from an “against everything (except being against everything)” it takes much less thought to just go with government decrees. But anyway.
But yeah, looking at different situations, perhaps the sides are not as clear as they appeared to be as a child. From “The Untouchables”:
to the Jedis in Star Wars (looking back, the Jedis look like a pretty oppressive organization that sacrifices individuality for the collective), heck, even Star Trek’s Federation has its downsides (see quotation above).
Strange how perspectives change.