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Isn't Q the root cause of the anamoly, not Picard?

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I realize that the Q Continuum wanted to test humanity (again) in "All Good Things..." and that Q's developing warmth toward Picard led him to "help" by allowing Picard to time travel...BUT...letting him time travel isn't just helping him, it allows him to cause the anomaly in the first place! If Picard couldn't time travel he would /could never have caused I'm not clear on how Q is really helping him--? -- 18:02, July 11, 2012 (UTC)CKS

I think..: The Continuum wanted to see, if and how the Human Picard would react to such a time-paradox. Would his limited mind be able to see backwards? Well - at least this or similiar (thin) argumentation must have ben the motivation of the writer.. -- 00:08, September 22, 2012 (UTC)

Also worth noting: Once Picard began time shifting, his actions triggered the anomaly, so in that sense Picard caused it; so even though he couldn't have done it without Q sending him on those little quantum leaps, in theory Picard could have averted the anomaly once he started time traveling, ergo he is held responsible. And as far as Q's help, he gave Picard the clues needed for the TNG crew to understand what happened and how to deal with it. So, in effect, without Q, humanity wouldn't have been saved. 05:43, February 24, 2013 (UTC)

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