“The Pursuit of Understanding Self and Wisdom Attracts Critics”
Those who pursue the higher life of Understanding Self and the life of Wisdom, who seek to live by spiritual principles, must be prepared to be laughed at and condemned.
Many people who have progressively lowered their personal standards in an attempt to win social acceptance and life’s comforts bitterly resent those of philosophical bent who refuse to compromise their spiritual ideals and who seek to better themselves. Never live your life in reaction to these diminished souls. Be compassionate toward them, and at the same time hold to what you know is good.
When you begin your program of spiritual progress, chances are the people closest to you will deride you or accuse you of arrogance.
It is your job to comport yourself humbly and to consistently practicing your strong moral ideals. Cling to what you know in your heart is best. Then, if you are steadfast, the very people who ridicule you will come to admire you.
If you allow the mean-spirited opinions of others to make you waver in your purpose, you incur a double shame.