The following dialogue below took place on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, on episode 2, season 1, titled “Emissary: Part 2.” It was between Benjamin Sisko (the Commander of spaceship DS9) and an ancient alien race known as the Prophets of the Celestial Temple, of which they discuss the philosophical understanding of why Commander Sisko and his crew don’t wish to conquer the universe, but rather explore it and learn from it.
Star Trek Episode Summary
A new crew is assigned to a former Cardassian space station: Deep Space Nine. It is a joint Federation/Bajoran force, with Commander Sisko in charge, but his life is dramatically changed when he is declared the Emissary to the Prophets by a Bajoran priest. [wiki]
Directed by: David Carson
Commander Benjamin Sisko: “That may be the most important thing to understand about humans. It is the unknown that defines our existence. We are constantly searching, not just for answers to our questions, but for new questions. We are explorers. We explore our lives day by day, and we explore the galaxy, trying to expand the boundaries of our knowledge. And that is why I’m here – not to conquer you with weapons or with ideas, but to coexist and learn.”
(Star Trek: DS9 s01e02 – “Emissary Part II”)
Photo Credit: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine