Humans work for the betterment of themselves and humankind?
How does that response anwser Lily's fairly direct inquiry of does Picard get paid?
And separately, what about the majority of the Federation that isn't "the rest of Humanity?" What do they have going on?
Bad thoughts wrote:
It's probably no more contrived than the reasons elementary school kids learn for the Revolutionary War.
Ummm ... a disagreement over the way in which Great Britain treated the colonies versus the way the colonies felt they should be treated.
The physical distance of the colonies from the British Parliment created a disconnect, the growth of a separate American culture over time, , the existence of legislatures in the individual colonies that largely took care of most governmental needs, growing interest in the intellectual concepts of "the enlightenment" as it pertain to governing.
That's what I remember getting in early primary school. Basic and a bit fundamental, but contrived?