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Old November 2 2012, 12:11 PM   #146
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Re: TNG: The Persistence of Memory by David Mack Review Thread (Spoile

^Hindu, not hippie. It's the third-largest religion in the world, with close to a billion adherents.

And I don't see what's so "hippie" about Choudhury making avoidance of violence her top priority. That's simply a realistic portrayal of how security and law-enforcement personnel should operate. Security is better served by avoiding conflict than engaging it, which is why cops, hostage negotiators, etc. try to talk suspects down as their first preference rather than just going in guns blazing. ST has historically been too quick to portray security personnel as soldiers and cannon fodder, but my view is that they should be more like cops, responsible for keeping the peace and avoiding conflict if at all possible. The best way to keep the crew safe is to keep weapons from being fired at all. Choudhury was never averse to using force when it was necessary, but she was skilled at finding alternative resolutions that kept it from becoming necessary. Which realistically should be the first resort of any security chief. After all, no chief would want to risk his or her security guards' lives unnecessarily, let alone the lives of the others they're there to protect. So avoiding a firefight is always going to be the preferable course, foremost in the mind of any security chief. But Trek has done a really crappy job of showing that in the past.
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