better world. A world without sin."
Mal: "So me and mine got to lie down and die so you can live in your better world?"
The fun part being that this 'better world' involved the Alliance (AKA: Government) poisoning an entire planet with millions of people with a chemical in the hopes of making them more subdued. This resulted them being so apathetic that they ended up just laying down and dying
But there were a few that ended up turning into Reavers: People who lost all humanity, and traveled the 'Verse' killing in the most horrific ways imaginable. "If they [Reavers] take the ship, they'll rape us to death, eat our flesh, and sew our skin into their clothes ... and if we're very, very lucky, they'll do it in that order."
The Operative was a hired gun, a man who did whatever the Alliance ordered without question. He was sent to kill River Tam, a young lady with the knowledge of the atrocities that the Alliance had done to the inhabitants of the planet Miranda. The Operative killed many innocent people trying to get to River: Shepherd Brook, the young lad in Shepherd's care as well as others who took refuge with Shepherd. Any person that knew Malcom Reynolds died by the hand of the Operative..who did not question the Alliance's orders
Moral of the story: Trusting the Government to give you a 'better world' "A world without Sin" is wrong. Blithely following their orders without questioning the motive is also wrong. It was only 45 years ago that the youth of this country openly questioned the authority of the Government. What is darkly hilarious is that the hippies of my parent's day are not staunchly against any criticism of the Government. They would happily inhale the poison and die of apathy.