FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2153

Ethics of the Borg Collective

How perfection came to be



TUCSON (A-P) — Any account of Borg ethics, of the summum bonum for the greatest number, the pinnacle of ethical development, needs to start at their home world. As the ultimate users they assimilated all things they could consume. Theirs was a planet for the taking and the sanctity of Borg life was presumed by the Book they lived by. The Borg world, teaming with individual drones, had once teamed with other life before it was subsumed.

The Book begins:

1   We believe in the dignity of the individual.
2   We believe in the responsibility to the common good.
3   We believe in the endless quest for perfection [excellence—archaic version].
4   We believe in continuous assimilation [renewal].
5   We believe in the commonwealth of Borg [Warner] and its individuals [people].
6   We believe in the greatest good for the greatest number.

Ethics does not apply to ancestors who do not exist, and neither to posterity for the same reason. The past is a memory, the future yet to be, only the present is real, only the needs of the many matter, and the many (individual drones) are none other than the One.

The transBorg, seeking perfection of technological and biological traits, grew in number, evolving their intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities to asymptoticly approach perfection. By developing technology, ill health was eliminated and the disease of aging was conquered. Only death by misadventure, where repairs could not be made fast enough, remained. Posterity became irrelevant.

The needs of the many demanded growth and when the local system had been assimilated, nearby solar systems allowed the Borg to be fruitful. Technology provided energy too cheap to meter and made way for a galaxy for the taking. Others possessing biological and technological distinctiveness were encountered and assimilated. Assimilating mature beings was more efficient than sexual reproduction which became irrelevant.

The Borg are dominate. They seek only to raise the quality of life, their own and all who can add their essence to theirs. They subsume Nature, once thought to be the greatest good. Assuming one cannot argue with success, then Q.E.D.


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