“Insects sting, not in malice, but because they want to live” Friedrich Nietzsche
This is true about some people, making life poignant and circumstances precarious.
If you want to render your characters with nuance, you might ask in what way they resemble insects. Complexity can be created in the simplest ways.
Writing Prompt: Select an insect and create a character with their traits. Now use this to evoke the belief that the damage they do is unavoidable.