"His face looked back at me on the screen, pale. Scared, but not scared enough. Or maybe scared of someone else. Anyone who bar-codes their employees isn't likely to be the forgiving type, and the reflex of longheld obedience through hierarchy is usually enough to overcome fear of a combat death. That's how you fight wars, after all - with soldiers who are more afraid of stepping out of line than they are of dying in the battlefield.I used to be like that myself."
Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan