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  •  Reminds me of Star Trek: TNG Neutral Zone episode (5+ / 0-)

    Ralph Offenhouse was a financier. He was cryogenically frozen and sent up in a satellite. The Enterprise intercepted it a few centuries later and revived him. This exchange between Ralph and Picard has always stuck with me.

    RALPH: Believe me, I'm fully cognizant of where I am, and when. It is simply that I have more to protect than a man in your position could possibly imagine. No offense, but a military career has never been considered upwardly mobile. I must contact my lawyer.
    PICARD: Your lawyer has been dead for     centuries.
    RALPH: Yes, of course I know that, but he was a full partner with a very important firm. Rest assured the firm is still operating.
    PICARD: That's what this is all about... A lot has changed in three hundred years. People are no longer obsessed with the accumulation of "things". We have eliminated hunger, want, the need for possessions. We have grown out of our infancy.
    RALPH:     You've got it wrong. It's never been about "possessions" - it's about power.
    PICARD: Power to do what?
    RALPH: To control your life, your destiny.
    PICARD: That kind of control is an illusion.

    Picard has to send him back to Earth because of an encounter with the Romulans.

    RALPH: And then what will happen to us? There's no trace of my money – my office is gone -- what will I do? How will I live?
    PICARD: (amused) This is the twenty-fourth century. Those material needs no longer exist.
    RALPH: Then what's the challenge?
    PICARD: To improve yourself... enrich yourself. Enjoy it, Mister Offenhouse.

    Script from

    There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited. The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. - Sun Tzu

    by OHeyeO on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 09:16:43 AM PST

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    •  For a "smart lawyer" that guy was DUMB (3+ / 0-)
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      katiec, elwior, OHeyeO

      It took him far too long to get it through his thick skull that the Enterprise was not a cruise ship - as if any ship named Enterprise had ever been any such thing!

      If it's
      Not your body,
      Then it's
      Not your choice
      And it's
      None of your damn business!

      by TheOtherMaven on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 11:09:27 AM PST

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    •  In a later novel (3+ / 0-)
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      foresterbob, gosoxataboy, Sarenth

      In a later novel, Debtor's Planet, Offenhouse has become an advisor to the Federation on the Ferengi since they are as corporately minded as he is and he understands them in ways that most other 24th-century denizens do not.

      I'd say that Offenhouse found himself a challenge and took it.

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