Captain Jean Luc Picard. Anyone who’s seen Star Trek knows he is one of the most upstanding and respectable men to ever grace the galactic series. To give you the context of this quote, a sentient and moral Andriod- Data, has made a daughter with his own hands. He does this as he is programmed to desire to become human.
While doing this however, a Higher Ranking officer commands Data to hand over his child for the purpose of experimentation and work. Data begins to comply, as that is what he is programmed ot do, but Picard belays that order.
“There are times sir, when, men of good conscience cannot blindly follow orders. You acknowledge their sentience (The Androids) yet, you ignore their personal Liberties, and their freedom. Order a man to hand his child over to the sate? Not while I’m captain. “
Sometimes orders from authority are indeed immoral, and should not be followed. The episode “The Offspring” is a perfect example from which we all can learn. And remind us of all the children which are commanded to go to school by the state…
Something to think about.