Few of us are immune from the opinion of others. No matter how early we learn the rhyme, Sticks and Stones, we discover that indeed words do hurt. For many of us, the words and opinions of parents, family, and friends control our lives.
Yet, as a parent knows that a child at some point must leave the nest to grow, even at an old age we learn that we too must continue to grow or we wither and die. We must live beyond their power on us. It can be done. Live what you believe, and you will know. Each of us will receive illumination. You cannot learn from another. Indifference to conditions and the opinions of others give you poise.
Anything which subordinates the soul and prevents one from taking all that belongs to one’s free spirit is as far from a normal attitude as self-conceit.