Confucius says - and I want to say it too..
"be a lotus..." which means, no matter how ugly, how evil and how sinful everyone around you might become, do not allow yourself to be stained. A lotus remains beautiful even as it lingers in the filthy waters of the ponds. Don't be contaminated, do not be influenced by worthless means. Remain radiant among the shadows of darkness. Be a LOTUS it has to start with one to fill the pond with more.