Part of being friends with someone is knowing when to speak your mind and when to shut the hell up.
If not you, who? If not now, when? The worst thing well-meaning people can do is simply let things remain as they are.
The Gaians sneered at the Zhore behind their backs, calling them pacifists, as if that word were an insult, but Lirzhan did not take it as such. A peaceful solution was always best, but if one did not present itself, then so be it.
As my father always says, there’s no shame in being poor, but it can be damned inconvenient.