I'm an advocate of not judging people and their actions when they aren't hurting anyone, just because you don't understand why they do what they do or because they have a different believe system from you.
I'm also not a fan of people taking another's glory, or riding on the coattails of another's accomplishments.
This isn't a long story. It's a quaint telling of a gentleman who needed peace, who needed resolve from experiences of his past - and this pilgrimage provided that peace and that resolve. He didn't want to judge others, nor assume the worst in them. He didn't let the judgements of others get in his way, he doesn't let them steal his glory, because he didn't want the glory. He battled his demons, and he overcame them. And some of those around him, they also learned and improved through his experience. Where they may have started out judging, they ended up better for stopping the judgement, for moving toward understanding.