"There is only one question that all of science and philosophy seek to answer: Is the universe a friendly place?" - Albert Einstein -
Eventually we come to the point where we either trust implicitly or doubt compulsively. Trust in the "Great Turtle" that holds us all the way down. Let go of fear by short-circuiting it with faith at every level.
I was, and am, provoking your self importance and mine. Self importance is our greatest enemy, it is what weakens us by causing us to feel offended by others or their deeds. Our self importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone or something. What a waste of our time, effort, and precious energies. Expectations are like that, for they are no one else's business except the one who is doing the expecting. No one else even knows what is expected of them, nor do they feel obligated to perform, without self importance we are invulnerable.
Realizations like this are always personal, this is the time to make them as the planets align and bring forth the promises that are in the chart of our birth. There are two category's; The first one is made up of those who are willing to exercise self-restraint in order to channel their activities toward pragmatic goals. The other category consists of those who don't care about self-restraint or any pragmatic goals.
"A petty tyrant is a tormentor, someone who holds the power of life or death, or simply annoys us to distraction." Humor is the only way to counteract this kind of "coyote" power. The most fearsome are the buffoons, all teach us the strength found within detachment. We must learn to utilize the petty tyrant as a device of strategy, (think of the Acme kit) on the pathway to knowledge. The thing that turns humane into petty precisely is the obsessive manipulation of the already known. If you can hold your own with the known (petty tyrant) you can face the unknown without fear (roadrunner) which is the real reason for this kind of testing. It is a directive for us to pay close attention to the details. There is no longer any leeway in the abstract, the fatal flaw is in taking every thing seriously, actions and feelings become all important. Warriors with a well thought our strategy, focus, and goal, are free from self-importance, and can enjoy the playful ride, understanding that reality is our interpretation.