What is one to do?

Well, for starters, solo somewhere where you won't traumatize more than 0 un-consenting persons if/when you fall. And I guess even before that, leave some kind of a note indicating where your or your body might be found iff'n you don't return home.

Soloing does not free you from your responsibility to not harm others, or rule #1.

I've indeed shared a rope with the guy in boots ... who is rather "my way or the highway" ...