Thank you very much. The Cylon War is long over, yet we must not forget the reasons why so many sacrificed so much in the cause of freedom. The cost of wearing the uniform can be high, but... (pauses) Sometimes it's too high. You know, when we fought the Cylons, we did it to save ourselves from extinction. But we never answered the question: why? Why are we as a people worth saving? We still commit murder, because of greed, spite, jealousy, and we still visit all of our sins upon our children. (we hear the voiceover in Apollo's ship) We refuse to accept the responsibility for anything that we've done. Like we did with the Cylons. We decided to play god, create life. (We see Starbuck listening in her cell.) When that life turned against us, we comforted ourselves in the knowledge that it really wasn't our fault, not really. You cannot play god, then wash your hands of the things that you've created. Sooner or later, the day comes when you can't hide from the things that you've done anymore.
For my part, I want to apologize. Berating people doesn't help anything, I just don't want to see everything die. I want to have children that will have a chance at happiness not end up as a slave race or dead in 100 years because our own gluttony destroys them. I want them to be free and to be able to dance, make love, and create. I feel like each time we come up with a compromise it will have a cost in lives and in years of drudgerous toil with no hope for the ones who perform in recompense for our current hedonism. I sometimes hope I am wrong, maybe I have looked at the equation wrong and there is some solution I don't see, but my fellow human beings fill me with doubt. I'm not sure if anyone here has seen battlestar galatica, but this is one of my favorite quotes from it. (See quote at top)
in my opinion we are fighting a war now, but the war is not against Russia, China, aliens, nanotechnology from the future, etc. It's against ourselves. Our ability to say no to ourselves and do what leads to survival, but one pperson can't do it by themselves, everyone has to do it (or at least 80%-90% of people) or else it still leads to Death. The more we focus on fighting rich people or fulfilling our greedy little wants or hating Putin or whatever the more death I see and the more we deserve it. I'm just tired. I want to put down the mantle of a lone voice crying out in the wilderness and just rest. Just let me rest.