If you really think we poisoned you and your siblings with human traits like sleep, and centurion values like belief in a living god, why then did you spend all these years in single-minded pursuit of such human ideas as vengeance and murder? Why not just choose to explore this notion of being the best machines the universe has ever known?
Apollo: No, no, because it wasn’t just you. They put you there, they put you there, across the line. You had no choice, that was the Admiralty. That was the, that was the military. You were one mission. You were one man, one man.
After what we’ve been through, it would be very easy to give up, to lose hope. But not here. Not today. This is more than a ship, Chief. This is an act of faith. It is proof that despite all we’ve lost, we keep trying. And we will get through this, all of us, together.I promise.
I know this has been a hard day. There’s been plenty of them lately. I can guarantee you, there’ll be more to come. Remember your self-esteem, your self-respect and your self-worth. Hold strong to them because people are watching. You’re the guardians of the fleet. They need to know that they can count on you. Even at a time like this.
It’s interesting. Betrayal has such a powerful grip on the mind. It’s almost like a python, it can squeeze out all other thought, suffocate all other emotion until everything is dead except for the rage. I’m not talking about anger, I’m talking about rage.
There’s a reason we separate military and the police: one fights the enemy of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.