Since both the good and bad tendencies exist simultaneously in everyone, you are both potentially divine as well as devilish. Environment, association and circumstances may exercise a major influence on you. For spiritual progress, company with good people is a good option. This means not only the company of the wise but also the company of good people, good books, good literature, good food and even good television/audio visual programmes leave an impact. Keeping in view the technological advancements, you must not avoid them. It depends upon you how to sort out. It is important, therefore, to avoid what is negative. Even if one sees a little good quality in oneself or in others, you may please encourage it! You might find something positive even in those you perceive as your enemies. So give goodness a chance.
Negative forces attract similar tendencies that create a corresponding environment. The same is true for positive forces. It is therefore, a good idea to cultivate positive qualities. The good and bad don’t have equal potential. Good has the power to face all negativities. One strong good quality can fight against many negative ones. Similarly. In society if strong and positive forces arise then automatically negative forces are negated. All interaction is merely a play of these qualities. To overcome anger one has to enhance love. The anger dissolves. Once negative qualities are identified, they can be dealt with. They have the ability to take any form. Often anger appears as righteous and spiritual. But that is not true as it can be a result of wrong aptitude. You can not solve every thing just by showing your anger. You can win the hearts by your love and your love can compel others not to do any bad thing against you or someone you love.
Dedicating oneself to a good person brings out the goodness from within us. In the service of such persons you imbibe their qualities. When one dedicates one’s life to God and humanity, then Godly qualities emerge. Simply, if we follow civic duties towards each human being sincerely, others may also follow our behaviour and this practice may result into a civilized society for the pleasures of all. We have to start somewhere, why not from our end firstly! We must do what we expect from others. Goodness when dedicated to a higher cause gains tremendous power. Hanuman’s dedication to Lord Sri Rama was unshakeable. When people dedicate themselves to subtle causes like alleviating poverty, to ecology and the like they develop remarkable achievements. Goodness that is dedicated to god helps in the seeker achieving God-realisation and takes him on the path to higher ideals. Being good and philanthropic due to pressure from society or the law or other reasons is not permanent. But goodness that springs from within is everlasting.
Notice negative trends as they rapidly become insurmountable. One cannot fight with a terrorist by becoming a terrorist. It is by strengthening the positive that one can override the negative. Remember Goodness is not an action. It is a state of being. You can solve many problems if you convert yourself into a good citizen. If we study the past history of some terrorist, we may find that the majority of the terrorists have adopted terror as a way of solution of their problems which could not be put to an end in a rightful manner and they got provoked with a single line of provocation by some other aggrieved or power-greedy person. For good of the society, we may have to search out the solution and convince the terrorist if his demand is genuine or not. Every one of us has a right to live freely but that right can not be exercised freely if that hurts other’s similar right. If you need something, you must earn it sincerely with your own labour, hard work and resources. If someone else is also wishing to earn the same thing, he should also try to earn that. If the target of both persons is a single item, then there must be a fair competition of efforts for gaining eligibility.
Don’t trash goodness; give it a chance to come up out of you, to prosper out of those who are surrounding you and those you know to be possessing this quality. It will be real service to the humanity and may help you to Accomplish Your Dreams.