It is hard to take a stand. Especially when you must do so alone. Those around will not cheer your courage, they will accuse you of stubbornness.
People desire to do things the easy way. But it is determination that makes a champion. Push as hard as you can, and be prepared to push some more.
This difficult path keeps getting rougher. The higher you climb, the more they will try to knock you down. Give in for an instant, and they could win.
Do not cower in the face of their fury. They will sense weakness and then attack. Such do not spare the ones they loathe, and even less those they love.
Cruelty is the only thing that gains their respect. But it ends in the defacing of oneself. What good is their esteem, when it comes at such a high cost?
These shall always want and be found wanting. For there is a gaping hole deep inside. Expect nothing from them and you will not be disappointed.