[Kirk] paced back toward his command chair, all eyes on him. "He must have a weakness." "Certainly, " Chekov said. "Is he not basically humanoid? He could be poisoned, phasered, stabbed-" Kirk sneered. "Without killing him, Ensign." With a shrug, Chekov turned quietly back to his console, pulling his hands from his lap and placing them on the controls.
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A choice is the root of all morality. Without choice, one can have no moral code. In a vacuum bereft of alternatives, there can be no values. And without values, there can be no reason for a code of ethics. What gives our lives meaning is which alternatives we choose. If we have no options, if we can take but one path, we are by definition slaves.