it's not as if being treated as an outsider can only be done by society. some might be undergoing the same struggles as you but make it a point never become friendly. you could be in very close proximity, whether that be metaphorically or physically but that would not matter to them. only separation counts. only competition.
the point is so that you are isolated. the goal is to weaken what they see as strong. to surround themselves with others who will always tell them ' yes '.
even when they are erasing you they are trying their damnedest to be you. no matter what you do in life, it is within your best interest to stay away from those with wounded egos and no imagination. they are the demons you've heard about. their existence is less than empty and they will see truths in you only to decorate themselves with cheap imitations and tacky ornaments.
i know there are others who are kinder than me, who will not inwardly sneer and mock the ones who are guilty, but my name is superbia and i cannot help seeing what i see.