Here's the QOTW itself, which is more or less spoiler-free:
The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts.One of the characters in Prometheus is obsessed with the movie Lawrence of Arabia, which is probably a pretty obscure flick for most EVE players. So even though you've probably seen Prometheus, you probably haven't seen LoA so you might not understand the subtext of this scene or how it relates to the movie as a whole. Interestingly enough though, the subtext also has some applications to EVE.
First, it's instructive to explain the LoA scene itself. It comes from a bit relatively early in the flick where we're establishing Lawrence's character. The details aren't important. But what is important is that Lawrence has a bar trick wherein he can slowly put out a lit match between his thumb and forefinger while showing no apparent discomfort at doing so. Two other characters (including Potter) are amazed at the trick, but Potter thinks Lawrence is crazy. Still, Potter can't resist trying to do the trick himself... and finds it extremely painful, says so, and asks what the trick to doing it is. Lawrence responds with the quote above.
And throughout the rest of the flick, we see that as a running theme in Lawrence of Arabia: can Lawrence put aside his personal discomforts and sacrifice his own desires for a cause? Initially, the answer is "no". Later, that changes.
The next two paragraphs have minor Prometheus spoilers, so if you haven't yet seen the movie, you'll probably want to skip them and rejoin me lower down. That said, if you haven't seen Prometheus yet, do. The visuals alone are worth the price of admission (particularly in IMAX 3D) and the movie itself has a lot of interesting things to say.
Self-sacrifice is also a theme running through much of Prometheus, and all of the major characters can be measured based on their willingness to make sacrifices. The very first scene and the penultimate scene both deal with great sacrifices. Some characters are willing to make sacrifices, including the ultimate sacrifice. Others initially aren't, but change their minds as the movie progresses.
And some in the movie make the ultimate sacrifice for the direct benefit of others. The trick is not minding that it hurts.
Which brings us back to EVE.
When a fleet fight in EVE goes against you badly enough, the FC will throw out the "everyone get out" call. At that point, 97% of the time things degenerate into an "every man for himself" with everyone trying to get their own ships out of harm's way by warping out, jumping through a nearby gate, or docking. Still, about 3% of the time, there's a fourth option: being willing to sacrifice yourself so that some other ship can live.
Most often, this comes into play with e-war ships, Falcons, Rooks, and Curses most particularly. There's absolutely nothing wrong in this situation with getting yourself out of trouble as quickly as possible. But it's truly heroic to be able to leave at any moment and yet still sticking around long enough to make sure everyone else gets out, too. If someone else is tackled, can you jam out or neut out the tacklers? Alternately, if you have capital ships tackled, can you bring in neut battleships or Blackbirds to break the tackle?
And sometimes -- not often, but sometimes -- the proper decision is to sacrifice your own ship so that someone else or everyone else can make it out.
You don't have to be dumb about it. Keeping a Falcon on field to break tackles on a few cruisers is not a good use of resources. But throwing a neut battleship at a hictor or a smart-bombing battleship at a dictor to save a dreadnought, or hanging back in an insured T1 BC to kill tacklers chasing a more expensive HAC gang can turn you from a great EVE pilot into a hero. And if you lose your own ship in the process, well, the trick is not minding that it hurts.
Anyway, I'm sure there were better, more EVE-related quotes this past week that I missed, but that's what I was thinking about over the weekend. ;-)