Hopefully this will help those of you that wonder what we Klingons
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. Althuogh it is unspoken as a single concept, they do learn
the golden rule.
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