“This is one occasion when my programming won’t allow me to be objective. Killing is wrong.”

Seven of Nine (cyborg): “This would be easier if you would remain stationary.”

The Doctor (hologram): “It doesn’t feel right.”

Seven: “You may experience unusual sensations while your matrix realigns.”

Doctor: “I was referring to the ‘arrangement’ the Captain’s made with the Nygeans. No matter how terrible the crimes these men committed, it seems wrong to hand them over to be executed. This is a Federation Starship, not the barge of the dead.”

Seven: “Would you have preferred the Captain release them?”

Doctor: “Of course not. They’re dangerous men.”

Seven: “Executing them ensures they’ll never pose a threat to anyone again.”

Doctor: “So would life sentences…the operative word being ‘life.'”

Seven: “Confining them for life requires significant resources. The Nygeans may not think it worthwhile.”

Doctor: “What about rehabilitation? Given the chance, some of these men might become productive members of society one day.”

Seven: “Their victims won’t have the same opportunity.”

Doctor: “And that justifies taking their lives? An eye for an eye? It’s not justice, it’s revenge. Quite frankly, I’m surprised you’re not troubled by such a barbaric system.”

Seven: “I’m simply being objective. You often encourage me to see both sides of an argument.”

Doctor: “Well…this is one occasion when my programming won’t allow me to be objective. Killing is wrong no matter who’s doing it.”

(Star Trek: Voyager s07e12 – “Repentance”)

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