His compassion is broad-based; it is for all. But his personal work is extremely narrow for it is only for the few who will receive it most readily. This implies that he works among the sympathetic and mature, not among the hostile and immature. The reason for this is the need to practise economy of time and energy that he may not waste his arrows of effort on the vacant air. For a similar reason he prefers to enlighten the leaders, and let the flocks alone.
-- Notebooks Category 25: World-Mind in Individual Mind > Chapter 5: The Sage's Service > # 273