“Mistreatment Comes from False Impressions”
If people treat you disrespectfully or speak unkindly about you, remember that they do so from their impression that it is right to do so.
It is unrealistic to expect people to see you as you see yourself. If people reach conclusions based on false impressions, they are the ones hurt rather than you, because it is they who are misguided. When someone interprets a true proposition as a false one, the proposition itself isn’t hurt; only the person who holds the wrong view is deceived, and damaged. Once you clearly understand this, you will be less likely to feel affronted by others, even if they revile you. You can say to yourself, “It seemed so to that person, but that is only his impression”