What is the main theme in the story "The Cold Equations" by Tom Godwin?

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The main theme of "The Cold Equations" is about sacrifice.  One person, although a young, pretty teen who has seen very little of life yet, has to be sacrificed for the good of others.  Along with the pilot of the EDS, seven other people would die if she remained.  Her life was just one life.  If the pilot would not have followed the law, eight more lives would be lost. There had to be a sacrifice, and hers was the smaller of the two choices.


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