star trek did not promise that people would magically become inherently better. but that they would progress, always reaching for their highest potential and noblest goals, even if it took centuries of taking two steps forward and one step back. - nicelle nichols #startrek
I could just picture a tos episode where they have to do this for some godforsaken reason. Their facial expressions are perfect-- Bones is regretting his entire life, Kirk is just rolling with it, and Spock, of course, feels nothing.