“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.”
In another timeline, Spock saved the Enterprise after Khan’s attack at the cost of his life. In this timeline, Kirk saved the Enterprise after Khan’s attack at the cost of his life. Part of what tore at Spock was that his best friend’s sacrifice was perfectly logical. After all,
I just realized Ian is gripping Mickey’s arm here. He caresses Mickey’s hand with his thumb, then holds his wrist. Like he’s trying to hold him there. Like he needs reassurance that Mickey isn’t going anywhere. Like he never wants to let him go.