This One Problem
"I told you what would happen if they used the stuff," he said gently. "It's too hot for their jet chambers. It melts the walls. A lot of gas piles up in the tubes. The pressure pushes the fire back. And when it gets shoved back into the recoil chamber and you lose the protective layers of cold gas there--well, then you've got to look for your ship with an ionization gauge!
"I told you all that long ago. The trouble is, you're too idealistic, Lee. That's not the same as having ideals. I admire ideals--I might even confess to a few of my own. But you don't stop to figure out just what your ideals are--exactly what you're fighting for.
"You come to a crisis like this one and you forget about the big goal. All you see is this one problem. And by giving them yes-or-no answers--good or bad, brave or cowardly--to the problem of the moment--you may miss a simple solution to