“The person who keeps himself cleansed of all wrong vibrations produces a powerful uplifting effect on his contemporaries. One moon gives more luster than all the stars; so a mooned soul-one who purely reflects the light of God-can influence the masses much more than the masses influence each other. Thus, individual effort can be even more important than mass karma. One who in every way tries to uplift himself, harmonizing body, mind and soul with the Divine, creates positive karma not only in his own life, but in his family, neighborhood, country and world. Hence it is not justified to say “Thousands of people are misbehaving, so what does it matter if I am, too?” No! The goodness of one soul may effectively neutralize the mass karma of millions.”
-Paramahansa Yogananda, The Second Coming of Christ, page 325.