The universe is not a thing that is—it is not a *thing* at all. It is the very action of its going. It is, in fact, its own dissolve, and our lives – the entire span of human existence going back and back and, if we are lucky, forward and forward – the entire span is spent within this dissolve.
So look at the fleeting stars with fleeting eyes, and feel how the earth beneath you gives. It is all a temporary manifestation of particles, and it is all unraveling back to particulate silence. The bustle of the human day will come and will go. And then, there will be night.
But how beautiful these moments within the dissolve! What a temporary perfection we can find within this passing world! Everything good ever done! Everything good that was done today, and all the good people doing it, and back and back and forward and forward, all of that beauty within a universe unraveling.
Be proud of your place in the cosmos. It is small, and yet it *is*.
Cecil Palmer, Welcome to Night Vale, Episode 49: Old Oak Doors
Bashir is bi with a strong preference for women and a nagging, unsubstantiated-but-impossible-to-disprove fear that the genetic tampering he was subjected to as a child might have included something intended to suppress homosexual desire, which was not unheard of during the Eugenics wars.
Quark is bisexual and biromantic but it takes him years to acknowledge the second one because among male Ferengi, bisexuality is totally normal but sex is traditionally a boss/employee power play thing, and if you fall in love with someone in that cultural context they are going to take advantage of you. (And Quark lives in constant fear of people finding out that he’s as much of a romantic as Rom.) He was interested in Pel before learning she was crossdressing, but it scared him because he had been successfully ignoring that aspect of his desire for years. And his interest in Nilva in Profit and Lace (ugh) had nothing to do with “female hormones”. Don’t worry, he comes to terms with it eventually. Can’t spend too much time off of Ferenginar without realizing that there are a lot of other ways to do relationships.
I think Picard is asexual and aromantic because he doesn't really ever pursue relationships fully. I think he is just more into space and other cultures than human sexuality. Also he is a really awesome captain.