Hello dear AC 77856527. You have my great sympathy in this as I (and others I am close to) are in a similar position. The search for truth is a painful and lonely one - the road less travelled.
Yet even on this road, you will meet others with similar aspirations and values.
But the painful thing is of course, HOW TO DEAL WITH THE OTHERS? Instead of going forth with missionary zeal I have learnt to hold back, to ask questions rather than to lecture, to accept rather than reject.
This feels like being untruthful in one way, but in another way, it is taking on the stance of an observer who is ready to jump in IF NEED BE. And I can assure you that the need will, one day soon, be very strong. Your unsuspecting (former) friends will then be the ones who need your kindness and sympathy and INFORMATION.
Please take a couple of minutes to close you eyes and see if a number between 1 and 100 occurs spontaneously and intuitively to you. This is how we can find out which quality it would be good to pursue in this situation.
Hi OP Quoting: Anonymous Coward 77856527
I have a problem. I think differently from most other people and don't go along with mainstream thinking. This has caused me much suffering in the form of losing friends/work ECT. It never used to bother me but lately I've been feeling quite sad about my situation. Can you help me please?