Again I echo what others have said. Although we have only spoken for a couple of weeks, I like you. You are highly intelligent and stick by your principles both qualities I admire, but I know others may not.
I think the bottom line is people don’t like anything they don’t understand. It doesn’t give them permission to treat anyone badly, but it happens. They also may be some jealousy there as well. You are an intelligent, gifted writer other would see this as a threat. Those of us with brain cells see this as a positive, someone to learn from and admire.
A beautifully written piece. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.