On Risk and Progress

Captain James T. Kirk

They used to say if man could fly, he'd have wings.

But he did - fly. He discovered he had to.

Do you wish that the first Apollo mission hadn't reached the moon, or that we hadn't gone on to Mars, and then to the nearest star? That's like saying that you wished you still operated with scalpels and sewed your patients up with catgut like your great great great great grandfather used to.

I'm in command. I could order this.

But I'm not - because Doctor McCoy is right - in pointing out the enormous danger potential in any contact with life and intelligence as fantastically advanced as this. But I must point out that the possibilities, the potential for knowledge and advancement is equally great.

Risk.

Risk is our business.

That's what this star-ship is all about.

That's why we're aboard her.

Star Trek Series 1968



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