Sisyphus is right, too: we do have to keep struggling. There is no other way. And perhaps little diplomacy helps. It has never hurt anybody. Only that I did miss the diplomacy classes when I was very young, and now I have to work much harder (on exorcizing my pride) if I want to catch up. Yet, had I any love in me for the madding crowd, would I need to think of diplomacy? Well, it’s rather impossible to love mankind in general, I agree. What I could do though is be more patient, understanding, and forgiving - after all, it is a sanitary method.