My powers of influence are so meager in this sublunar world of ours, I try to limit the people I can disappoint. And I make sure to know the difference between my obligations and somebody else’s.
If I do not please, I cannot seduce. If I do not seduce, I cannot influence. If I do not influence, I repent.
When a civilization acts in opposition to its instincts, it may be under the influence of something, or someone, new.