Re: LE: One Constant Star by David R. George III Review Thread (Spoile I'm sure we all agree (as does the Federation ). The problem, I believe, is that while we can all agree on this basic ethical value, and agree to view it as our guide, that doesn't offer an easy answer to any of the questions raised; about where and when one's integrity is being breached, where one is being granted unfair license or being unfairly repressed, where the freedom of the individual stands relative to the freedom of those around him. When we're dealing with dozens of species on top of that, some of whom are going to have biological or other quirks that complicate matters further... it does make me wonder: where does the UFP stand? As the Vulcans say, wield the sharpest blade with the greatest care. Yet being overly careful is stifling, and the UFP should not be stifling, but free and diverse and challenging. PS: This is partly why I reject the idea that the UFP should ever be presented as a "utopia".