Re: Why Janeway is the Worst Star Trek Captain!
Personally, I think FASA might have come up with the best description of the Prime Directive in their Federation
sourcebook. It certainly sounds better to me (with the best part bolded) than some of the canonical attempts to explain or defend it.
As the right of each sentient species to live in accordance with its normal cultural evolution is considered sacred, no Star Fleet personnel may interfere with the healthy development of alien life and culture. Such interference includes the introduction of superior knowledge, strength or technology to a world whose society is incapable of handling such advantages wisely. Star Fleet personnel may not violate this Prime Directive, even to save their lives and/or their ship, unless they are acting to right an earlier violation or an accidental contamination of such culture. This directive takes precedence over any and all other considerations, and carries with it the highest moral obligation.
"My dream is to eat candy and poop emeralds. I'm halfway successful."
Catbert, Evil Director of Human Resources