|Hopefully this will help those of you that wonder
what we Klingons are like:
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. What an utterly
human right? What does this have to do with being a Klingon? What the
humans have for generations called " the golden rule" is at once both
completely human and inherently Klingon.
Klingons do not lie . That is a known fact. To lie would be to
dishonor one's self. If all Klingons do not lie then no Klingon would
be expected to lie. Klingon children grow up learning the tales of
Honor and Justice, about quest and feuds, about challenges and combat.
Although it is unspoken as a single concept, they do learn the golden
We Klingons take what we are told at face value. We Klingons expect
the truth and are ruthless when we do not receive it. This does not
just include truth and lying, it expands to cover honor and dishonor.
We Klingons will tell the truth because we expect the truth and will
treat one with honor because he expects Honor. If this is not the
golden rule in action then what is?
Humans are a forgiving lot. You can smite them on one cheek and they
will offer you the other. Smite a Klingon Warrior on the cheek and you
will loose your own and quite possibily your own head in the process.
This is also true of conversation. Lie to a Klingon and be forever
dishonored. The dishonored have no expectation under the golden rule.
Lie even once and you will never deserve the truth again!! This above
all is the meaning of the Klingon proverb: Speak wisely or do not
speak at all.
As a Klingon, each action you make, including speaking, holds a great
prize in the balance. Your reputation, your life, your very being is
at stake with every word or deed. If you remember the lessons which
you learned as a child and you will do well. Perhaps the
aforementioned proverb could well be explained thus: Act wisely or do
not act at all. The foremost Klingon wisdom is that of honor,
therefore a further extension: Act honorably or do not act at all. Is
this different from do unto others as you would have them do unto you?
Each of us must find our own honor in this life. We must not forsake
the honor of our most noble Klingon race. From the time we are small
until the end of this existence we are surrounded by honor and the
possible consequences if dishonor, wether we, as do the Humans, call
it the golden rule or not. The message is the same. It is the law we
live by, lest we debase ourselves to the level of the very beasts upon
our tables. Filthy and unknowing, we would loose all, even our
language, without which we are nothing.
Admiral beragha zantai qlIStIy
meycha of the qaptaQ
Used with permission from the Author.
"Absolutely you can keep it up there."
this was originally found on the IKV Melota site and use with permission credited to
Admiral Krom Zanti HoSRO`
IKV SWORD OF VENGENANCE
Razor Klaw Fleet.
Indeed you may post this with my blessings in this day of troubled
times it helps to have focus does it not??
Strength and Honor
Cdr. Salek Sutai
Ship's Brewer, IKV Melota