“ If you are keen on doing something about human suffering, attend to yourself first, and also to people around you. That is the best way to start ”
Somewhere along the way in your life, the world and its people will have a problem with you. That's their problem. Not yours.
If I am worth anything later, I am worth something now. For wheat is wheat, even if people think it is a grass in the beginning.
If your goal and actions are right, and you keep going the same way, then the same people who are talking about you, the same people who are criticizing you, will venerate you in ten years' time. That is how life is.
Unless you are oblivious to your own suffering, you have no right to be oblivious to other people's suffering.
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.