My parents had often admonished the teen-aged me that my behavior reflected the attitudes of my friends. The total trueness of their claim became clear when I began teaching middle school. Whom students chose to pal with, the shows and movies they watched, the celebrities they idolized, the hobbies and pasttimes they immersed themselves in -- good or bad -- were revealed in what they said and did.
I haven't outgrown this. What I feed my brain through my senses melds into the core of my character. Food for thought as I consider a nutritional plan of deliberate choices: the Mind-Meld Diet.