In the midst of the court and in its highest honors, St. Tarasius led a life like that of a religious man. As Patriarch of Constantinople he was a model of perfection to clergy and laity. He was prayerful and abstemious and fearless of opposition when he knew that he had the side of justice and truth.
This is the wise and faithful steward, whom his lord setteth over his family: to give them their measure of wheat in due season. — Communion
The Imitation of Christ
A good life maketh a man wise according to God, and giveth great experience.
Regardless of what others did in the court in which he lived, Tarasius set his own standards and lived his own life. That is a very hard thing for young people to do in our day more than at any other time perhaps.
Just because twenty thousand people of your age are doing wrong, their doing it does not make it right. Be independent, too independent to be a “tag-along” when there is questions of wrongdoing or infringing the least bit on your principles.
Be ye steadfast and immovable.