Take a moment. Contemplate the time crystal. And then move on to the metaphor behind it. One man by believing he always wins goes on to bring an end to the war the could have easily caused modern humans to go extinct. His repayment?
He's locked in a box inside of a dying ship, watched over by an AI that some civilizations would consider a goddess.
Push thy self to protect thy home. Your payment is a peaceful sleep until you are found.
The sooner we start living the way Halo tries to teach us to live, the closer we will be to ensuring that when we do colonize other planets there wont be any infighting, just happy days with nearly infinite resources.