Re: It Wasn't Funny, But I Laughed Anyway
Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
Any time Picard gets all pompous about "we've evolved beyond [basic part of human nature that we will never evolve beyond]" is usually good for a laugh.
Similarly, I found this exchange in Symbiosis
to be a hoot, for its sanctimony:
WESLEY: Data, I can understand how this could happen to the Ornarans. What I can't understand is why anyone would voluntarily become dependent on a chemical.
DATA: Voluntary addiction to drugs is a recurrent theme in many cultures.
TASHA: Wesley, no one wants to become dependent. That happens later.
WESLEY: But it does happen. So why do people start?
TASHA: On my home planet, there was so much poverty and violence, that for some the only escape was through drugs.
WESLEY: How can a chemical substance can provide an escape.
TASHA: It doesn't, but it makes you think it does. You have to understand, drugs can make you feel good. They make you feel on top of the world. You're happy, sure of yourself, in control.
WESLEY: But it's artificial.
TASHA: It doesn't feel artificial until the drug wears off. Then you pay the price. Before you know it, you're taking the drug not to feel good, but to keep from feeling bad.
WESLEY: And that's the trap?
TASHA: All you care about is getting your next dosage. Nothing else matters.
WESLEY: I guess I just don't understand.
TASHA: Wesley, I hope you never do.
Which was too bad, really, because all but lost in the preachy drivel was a good message:
You have to understand, drugs can make you feel good.... Before you know it, you're taking the drug not to feel good, but to keep from feeling bad.
“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP” — Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)