Lesson 075: Memories last
TV Series: Star Trek - The Next Generation
Season/Episode: 3/16 ('The Offspring')


Data, a senior officer aboard the Enterprise and an android who is recognized as a sentient life form by Starfleet, creates a brand new android based on his own positronic architecture. He gives his new creation a female form, calls her Lal and introduces Lal to the crew as his child.

Lal manages to surpass Data's capabilities and achieves the very human quality of emotion.

Through a series of events, Lal expires. As the Captain expresses the crews' condolences to Data for the loss of Lal, Data explains that Lal had so enriched his life, that he could not just allow Lal to pass into oblivion. So, Data had transferred all of Lal's memories into his own memory banks, where she will be with him always.


At the end of the day, isn't that all we ever really have left of our loved ones who have passed on.

We may have tangible items of their existence that we hold close, or even build great monuments dedicated to them, such as the Taj Mahal in India, a testament to love; but in truth, is it not in our treasured memories of our times shared with those passed on that we hold most real and dear to ourselves?

Could Data, who is a machine with no feelings or emotions and always on a quest to be human, have attained a more human quality than to have understood the unique true value of retaining the memory of a loved one?

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