We have to make decisions based on wisdom. This includes inner wisdom and the things we’ve learned from people smarter than us.
We shouldn’t make decisions based on what other people will think of us. There will always be people who won’t understand you, no matter what you do. Just make wise decisions and let the chips fall where they may.
Think of it in terms of being the leader of a country. If you were the president of your country your job wouldn’t be to please everyone. Because you can’t. Your job would be to make wise decisions, even if people hate you for your decisions. If you’ve done the right thing, it will benefit a lot of people and history will vindicate you. Wise people are often ahead of their time and aren’t honored until after they’re gone.
Just do the right thing and let people think what they want. You can’t change a mind that doesn’t want to be changed. It will likely have to happen through events that are out of your control. Sometimes all you can do is plant a seed and hope that other voices or circumstances will water it.