Then, I came upon this great article by Hellomynameisscott on How to make people hate you (unintentionally :). His story clearly sums up what I've been discussing with my friend, in that people around you can hate you for:
- being happy and successful in what you do;
- being more educated and cultured;
- saying the truth that they are not ready to accept;
- voicing your honest opinion to them about them;
- daring to be different from them;
- having a different mentality from them;
- breaking the conventional rule.
After some time, I've managed to clear my mind and rather than becoming one of them, i.e. seek for revenge or hatred, I now have pity for their "underclass" mentality. I'm not worth being a human being if I let them continue to influence my emotions with such ease. They are who they are, I cannot change them, but I still respect them. Let them be miserable in their own miserable world. Karma will get to them sooner or later. I slowly learned to take their words as ghostly winds. In a way, I thank them for teaching me to be stronger and more diplomatic although I'm far away from mastering it.
In relation to this topic, there's a movie that I've always been wanting to watch: Amadeus (1984)... but haven't have the chance yet :(
I will always have gratitude for my DP, DH, teachers and close friends for their patience and support in my development of being a better and bigger person.