»Up on the bridge, Captain Jean-Luc Picard was feeling very pleased with life as he settled himself comfortably in his command chair. Their passengers, the Little Mothers, were remarkable individuals members of an organization that had lasted through the centuries. Picard knew that many of his contemporaries, while admiring the work of the Little Mothers, felt that religious organizations such as theirs were anachronistic. Picard did not agree. As a student of history, he was keenly aware of the part religion had played in the spread of civilization.«
From »Guises of the mind«, Rebecca Neason a Star Trek The Next Generation Novel.