One of the realizations that we come across in our process of awakening to the true self is the significance of what is inside us. Before we started on this path, we were deluded into believing that what is outside is important. Until we see the rat race everyone is involved in, we will be stuck on the hamster wheel, spinning in circles — climbing up imaginary ladders to only fall down again.
But human beings are very receptive to the cues they perceive from those around them. You see, your zen way of living, can save many others. If you live by example, people around you will notice. And like the 100th monkey syndrome, more and more people will wake up. That is how I woke up.
Often, at a certain point in our awakening we start to emphasize on the futility of trying to help others. We know that help comes from within. But if you as an experienced practitioner can live by example around people, instead of trying to find ways to run away from society (which you would very well learn is a temporary escape), you would help someone in the most real way possible.
You don’t have to force it. There is a time for everything. The natural flow usually makes this happen. But if you are in your phase of awakening feeling that society will never get you, just putting it out there (this will for sure come from within), society needs you. What you see as social structures, are imaginary. People (and life) are real. What is true to life is always picked on. You don’t even have to speak a word. Your living by example will be felt and the next person will begin to feel it. But you have to live it.