"...but at least they know that life and success have to be fought for."
That's really good, Thor Damar
- really powerful. And I think it demonstrates one of the reasons why the Federation can be so very annoying (keeping in mind that I admire many things about the Feds). I know bad things happen to Federation citizens; we see some of them on episodes every other week. But on the whole, life is pretty damn easy in the Federation. You almost have to create difficulties for yourself by colonizing distant worlds or joining Starfleet. That can make you smug. Even before the Dominion war, nobody on Cardassia was smug - they couldn't afford to be.