Re: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts Of Empire review thread
David R. George III wrote:
First, you talk about the original choice being undone and the consequences evaded, and you feel that's not possible. But a logical reading of the Prophets' exact words actually suggests that it is possible. I know you disagree with this, but from a strictly logical standpoint--examining the contrapositive of the original statement--it is true.
The Prophet's original words suggest that Sisko had a choice at the time
, four or five years earlier: spend his life with Kassidy, or not. He chose the former. There's nothing to suggest that four or five years later, if things started to go badly, he would be able to nullify his original choice and evade any further consequences. The interpretation of the Prophet's words that justifies Sisko's actions in RBoE is a lot more convoluted than you are suggesting.
I readily agree, however, that we could interpret Sisko's actions as the product of deep depression and paranoia, meaning they are irrational. That is a pretty far cry from the idea that his actions are inevitable in light of the original prophecy, though.
Last edited by flemm; January 4 2011 at 03:18 AM.