WE were speaking of gossip, cruelty and superstition.
It seems as though it would be easy to avoid these
things—very easy, for example, not to gossip; but it
is not, you know. The Master says that you must
watch ceaselessly, and that is absolutely true, because
this talking, this critical attitude about other people, is.
so very much ingrained in our present civilisation that
you have to keep continually on the watch against it.
You have to set yourself quite definitely to see that
you do not do this thing. The weight of public opin-
ion, of public custom, is an enormous force which is not
generally recognised at all. When you talk about public
opinion, you think naturally of what people will say
about you, or what riley say ®n any given subject. It
is not nearly so much what people might say, whether
about you or about some subject under discussion,
but it is what they think. The vast weight of the
thought of thousands, perhaps of millions of people,
is steadily pressing upon your mental body all the
time. It is exceedingly difficult for you to make it
vibrate in any other direction with regard to any
other matter than that in which the bodies of all