But, by the same token, they're a species that is truly dedicated to non-violence, and they proved willing to sacrifice themselves, even by the millions, in the name of preserving other peoples' -- even their enemies' -- lives. That shouldn't be written off.
I actually consider that a bad thing, a sign of how doctrinarian and inflexible their thinking is if they're willing to let millions die--even if voluntarily--to save a mere handful of people. Some will say that arithmetic shouldn't decide matters of life or death, but I consider that psychotically disproportionate in terms of loss/gain.
Although, and perhaps David Mack
can address this when he comes upon it, the Caeliar's claim that millions had died for Graylock et al. didn't make much sense to me: if they hadn't entered the corridor when the Columbia's survivors had pressed them to, the city would have been destroyed by the shockwave, no?
Fictitiously yours, Trent Roman