Hopefully the mood of each new seeker of higher consciousness
will be developed into a happy, constructive well being which is strong enough to easily
shed destructive moods of others.
Your companions very likely dominate, or at least
greatly influence, your attitudes, too. The attitude of prejudice, for example, is still a
major factor between neighbors and countries around the world. Some groups form because of a shared prejudice. Many times, for
no direct reason, a member of a prejudiced group will find himself hating someone he
doesn't even know, or trying to block the career of a person he has never met.
The attitude of prejudice works two ways, of course. People in other groups are likely
prejudiced against any such group in which you may find yourself. Self-righteous attitudes
boomerang almost every time, often resulting in concussions and the letting of blood on
the streets. Who knows how much these blind attitudes cost in lost opportunities, economic
security, and peace of mind? (Not to mention the harm group prejudice wreaks on world
peace and loving practice of the world's religions.)