"A profound unmitigated loneliness is the only truth of life"
- R.K. Narayan

There was once a king who fought and lost six successive battles. After the last loss, he ran away in shame and hid in a cave. Famished and desperate, he pondered on his next step, when his eyes fell on a spider crawling haplessly nearby. The spider looked stout, fat from the easy pickings of insect larvae on the floor, yet it struggled to build a web to the roof. He wondered what it sought in the roof after all, yet the king was more interested to see when the spider would give up.

But 'Give up' it didn't. Every time the spider slipped, it got up and tried again. Finally, after falling down six times, it braved a seventh and managed to get its gossamer up onto the roof. It completed the web and hung victoriously for a while. The king, inspired by this act, left the cave... fuming with confidence. 

The spider too, fuming with confidence, climbed up onto the roof of the cave, where a lurking owl quickly gobbled it up.