Why I Persist

I apologize. This probably won’t mean as much to you if you didn’t grow up with Star Trek: The Next Generation. Don’t spoil the ending if you haven’t seen it.

Q: We wanted to see if you had the ability to expand your mind and your horizons, and for one brief moment, you did.

Picard: When I realized the paradox.

Q: Exactly. For that one fraction of a second you were open to options you had never considered. That is the exploration that awaits you. Not mapping stars and studying nebulae, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence.

Picard: Q, what is it that you are trying to tell me?

Q: *little smile* You’ll find out… In any case, I’ll be watching and if you’re very lucky I’ll drop in to say hello from time to time. See you… Out there.

That’s why I keep going. To play both parts. Falling angel, rising ape. To face the unknown in between. You know the rest of the story.

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