John Titor wrote:
The problem for the borg was that they failed to understand that assimilation should be voluntary, although it was irrelevant to them.
But that's a big problem, right? It is in fact the
problem. I mean, all kinds of choices are fine so long as you don't try to force them on someone else.
That everyone should be Borg - that being Borg is the only viable and "relevant" option - is the essence of Borgness. If they didn't believe that, they'd just be an interesting cult, as you point out. And maybe not even all that interesting, actually. Groups that want absolute conformity are pretty much dime a dozen, aren't they?
Actually no ...
The Borg only assimilate/devour civilizations that are of sufficient technological development/interest (unless circumstances require a foothold in a region of space and you have to get rid of a weaker species first by assimilating them and gain drones in a hurried process that would expedite assimilation of the planet and begin production of vessels).
They really don't discriminate when it comes to technologically developed cultures.
Also ... who says that they failed to understand the concept of 'voluntary assimilation'?
That's really absurd you know, because there are humans and animal species that portray a completely opposite behavior simply because it's in their nature to do so.
The Borg aren't any different.
From the Federation's POV, what the Borg are doing is 'wrong'.
From the Borg's perspective, what they are doing is not 'wrong'.
There are no universal rules really ... there are different perceptions of the world/universe you reside in (which vary from person to person alone ... let alone species to species).