THE WAR IS OVER (MICHEAL BURNHAM, STAR TREK DISCOVERY – SEASON 1, EPISODE 15)
We are no
longer on the eve of battle.
Even so, I come to ask myself the same question that young soldier asked the general all those years ago: "How do I defeat fear?"
The general’s answer: the only way to defeat fear is to tell it “no”.
No. We will not take shortcuts on the path to righteousness.
No. We will not break the rules that protect us from our basest instincts.
No. We will not allow desperation to destroy moral authority.
I am guilty of all these things.
Some say that in life, there are no second chances.
Experience tells me that this is true.
But we can only look forward.
We have to be torchbearers, casting the light so we may see our path to lasting peace.
We will continue exploring, discovering new worlds, new civilizations.
Yes. That is the United Federation of Planets.
Yes. That is Starfleet.
Yes. That is who we are and who we will always be.