We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don’t care for
-Jane Austen in her letters
Isn’t that so horribly true? I would even go so far as to say that we care even more. Your dearest friends usually give you the benefit of the doubt but to learn a mere acquaintance doesn’t worship your every move and suddenly you get very offended, yes? “They don’t even know me, how could they?” But wouldn’t it be just a little bit simpler if all you cared about is not making your dearest friends give you the benefit of the doubt and letting the rest of the world believe as they wish? And wouldn’t you have so much more time to do what YOU really wanted instead of keeping smooth the opinions of the masses? No one got anywhere by pleasing everyone. Sometimes, being a diplomat isn’t as much fun as being an individual.