The Prime Directive ruling, Non interference from a supreme deity, Yeah let's look to a far superior atheistic approach which would be Star Trek and a peaceful ideal, Which clearly outdoes any unproven god that demands and asks to be worshiped according to its texts/ written word, Is the best way to be. But that’s okay, they’ll all die martyrs for the ideal of justice. Trump’s obvious lies and grotesque immorality reveal that his prime directive is racist cruelty Racism is based on lies. The Prime Directive is a plot device cooked up by a patently optimistic TV writer (either Trek producer Gene L. Coon or writer Theodore Sturgeon, depending on who you ask) in … And then you come back and suddenly the entire civilization is worshipping you like a god. is it okay to buy things from third world countries, or to sell thing there? It is a philosophy, and a very correct one. Further, the Prime Directive is outright immoral. These are hard questions which we might never know the correct answers to. On the surface, it sounds like a good idea: don’t screw around with other cultures. However, as so often happens in real life, it becomes an edict, and finally an inviolable rule which is upheld by force and not reason. Also, such planets could easily have advanced radio and optical telescopes (and other sensor technologies) allowing them to notice the apparently common starship traffic around the stellar neighborhood. While I can understand the rationale of the prime directive, the way the story unfolded, I thought Rozhenko stood on the moral high ground in contrast to Picard who acted more like a heartless bureaucrat mindlessly trying to follow the prime directive to the letter. It's a freshmen-year philosophy student's reaction to the Cold War, when America and the Soviets were playing out their hostilities by proxy third-world conflicts. The non-aggression principle (NAP), also called the non-aggression axiom, the non-coercion principle, the non-initiation of force and the zero aggression principle, is a concept in which "aggression", defined as initiating or threatening any forceful interference with either an individual or their property, is inherently wrong. The underlying assumption of the PD is that a civilization must attain space faring capabilities and advanced technologies through their own means (civilizational uplift is not an option, I suppose). The Prime Directive is merely a familiar example of the universal tension between highly general moral ideals and real-world applications. Initially, Picard orders Data to break off contact with the child, sealing her fate. Do you look like a GAP ad? Lt. Worf’s brother Nikolai, in a rogue action, moves to save a village of a couple hundred people. Topic info Short link Comments 1 comment (1 thread) Last comment posted 1 hour, 28 minutes ago Topic log (3) mycketforvirrad changed title from "The Philosophy of Star Trek: Is the Prime Directive Ethical?" Apparently the answer, at least as far as the TNG episode “Homeward” goes, is yes. The utopian future of Star Trek (most specifically, that of The Next Generation [TNG]) is sometimes described as an idealized liberal world. We can keep the optimism, but we must buttress it with a more sophisticated moral framework. Category: Critical Thinking • Featured Inc • philosophy • skepticism. Bewildering moral indifference to suffering, genocide, and all manner of tragedies. Hard work: Where few have gone before This directive takes precedence over any and all other considerations, and carries with it the highest moral obligation. Mike Bunkermeister Creek bunkermeister.blogspot.com. TNG really shines in moments as a sci-fi Aesop’s fables where virtues and ideals are compared and explored. (ENT: "Divergence") Having been told by Data that the planet will be “uninhabitable within 38 hours” meaning, everyone dies, Picard gives instructions to Worf, who is going to investigate Nikolai’s apparent disappearance. It is the height of doublespeak. The Prime Directive reflects both a consequentialist commitment to reducing harm and a Kantian commitment to respecting the autonomy of others. That kind of thing is fun to watch (and fun to write), but that doesn't make it the basis for a defensible ethical philosophy. Star Trek is just a reflection of a particular sort of moral and political philosophy which exists in our culture, the kind that inspired Gene Roddenberry to dream of a future without inequality and starvation. Will we really argue that we’d prefer a feudal Japan, kept in an isolationist jar to the one that exists today? No bright future is rightly expected by those inextricably tethered to intellectual & moral disregard. Simple: You put a plot device in place that forces Starfleet not to use their technical advantages in the presence of beings that have not achieved such levels of advancement--effectively forcing the characters to fight with one arm tied behind their backs and think their way out of problems. In Roddenberry's vision, humanity had evolved beyond such puppeteering and become an 'advanced' race. By the end of the episode, Picard refuses to help repair ships needed for the drug-dealing to take place, also citing the Prime Directive. A complicated order, the Prime Directive had 47 sub-orders by the latter part of the 24th century. Maybe Picard’s certainty that it is “a philosophy and a very correct one” is a bit stronger than it ought to be. When Germany invaded Poland, almost everyone agrees they should not have done that because Poland is a sovereign nation. In politics, we should operate with a Prime Directive, also. Captain Kirk essentially blows his nose with the Prime Directive when he feels like it. The Picard quote at the top comes from a season 1 episode called Symbiosis. I would rather see if anyone is interested in debating the topic before going into detail as to why I think this but there are a lot of very good reasons. There will be times that if you follow the Prime Directive to the letter of the law that you will be acting immorally. They will think that they will all die soon, even though they aren’t dying. This essay is not about Star Trek. In The Drumhead, a Star Fleet Admiral notes that Picard has violated the Prime Directive nine times in just three years. Meanwhile, planets like Bajor who have been invaded and subjected to torture and genocide do plead with the Federation to help, which coldly turns them down— maybe they should have tried being a little girl with a radio. He refuses even to tell them that they’re not diseased or dying. 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