I don't know who said this, but keep this one close to you. If you're a pirate, it should be a thought that is at the core of what you believe. "You're either chasing your dream, or you're helping some other bastard chase theirs at the expense of yours."
I'm not saying don't help others, I am saying that you--and I--need to focus better on our dreams and stop recklessly giving away our freedom to others that do not have our interests at heart.
Damn the Empire, save yourself.