Getting to share passions and art seems to be one of the most rewarding things in life - something all too rare, too. Especially if you know that the artists you are talking to have gone through similar experiences as you, it makes the connection that much deeper...I'm glad you had this amazing experience.
The ratio of good to bad people in this world will always be tipped in favor of the latter. Always. But that ratio in your own social circle, you can control. And there, and only there, can the balance be favorably tipped, so that those who love you far outnumber those who don't.