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Good point, Hube, about the entitlement stuff. It reminded me of that idiotic Democratic Party commercial from a couple of years ago where Paul Ryan pushed the seniors off the cliff.
And I'm definitely no stranger to being called "heartless" for saying that we need to cut entitlement programs, that's for sure!
Sorry for the triple post, but yeah, I remember that ridiculous conversation from "The Neutral Zone." And I've also wondered why people just didn't escape into the holodeck instead of risking life and limb fighting the Klingons and Romulans and Cardassians.
And damn autocorrect... it accidentally added a y at the end of my name for some reason. Didn't catch it until it was posted.
I'll fix your name, Carl.
Yeah, TNG is a big ignorer of human nature. I mean, c'mon -- spend all day, every day, in the holodeck living out my ultimate fantasies, or risk my life against devious aliens? Hmmm ... so hard to decide ...
Definitely the holodeck for me. I wouldn't mind occasional space travel, but I would rather stay safe inside the holodeck living out my dreams.
Biggest use for holodeck? Porn.
As counterpoint to the "Zeroth Law" you should read Jack Williamson's great novella With Folded Hands.