Duty and loyalty, add honor, integrity, decency and valor and no more need be said for the guide to the perfect individual.
We can all only hope to be worthy of such recognition in our own lives.
While change is one of the constants of the universe, these intrinsic human qualities of goodness must always persevere over the passage of time.
The one overriding control over all of these attributes must be the human nature of humility, without which, the rest of the qualities will be viewed upon by others with just disdain.
Just as Riker humbly expresses his hope that his sense of honor continues to remain firm, so this entire lesson if offered humbly as an attempt to highlight a few of the founding blocks of mankind's greatest attributes.
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