Discussion in 'The Next Generation' started by LeadHead, Oct 17, 2012.
Riker: On my way.
LAFORGE: So, do you want to talk about it?
Data: Are you referring to the foreknowledge of my death?
DATA: I have no particular desire to discuss the matter. Do you need to talk about it?
Data: Hmm. Why?
La Forge: Data, this has got to bother you a little.
Data: On the contrary, I find it rather comforting.
DATA: I have often wondered about my own mortality as I have seen others around me age. Until now it has been theoretically possible that I would live an unlimited period of time. And although some might find this attractive, to me it only reinforces the fact that I am artificial.
La Forge: I never knew how tough this must be for you.
DATA: Tough? As in difficult?
La Forge: Knowing that you would outlive all your friends.
DATA: I expected to make new friends.
La Forge: True.
DATA: And then to outlive them as well.
La Forge: Now that you know that you might not?
DATA: It provides a sense of completion to my future. In a way, I am not that different from anyone else. I can now look forward to death.
La Forge: I never thought of it that way.
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