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The title of this post is a quote from Louis Pauwels. It rings just as true today as when his father told it to him. This simple quote is a fundamental aspect of the human world. You would be wise to ponder it's meaning.
So very often do I hear people discussing, debating, and complaining about what is wrong with the world today. I admit that I have indulged in this type of speculation on more than one occasion, but I am going to tell you the secret of what is really wrong with the world. This is it, the absolute true nature of all of humanities problems. Are you ready for it? Here is the answer.
Q: What is wrong with society, humanity, and people in general?
That's right. There is nothing wrong with us. Each person is walking around doing what they want, for better or worse. We are all following the quote, we are all getting what we resemble, not what we deserve. If you are unhappy with what you have, it is usually because you think you deserve better than you resemble. Ghandi believed in this idea also when he said “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” This quote has often been shortened to "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
It is time to wake up and realize that you are telling people how to treat you every minute of every day. How you dress, how you walk, how you talk, your tattoos, jewelry, everything about you is a message that you are sending to each person who looks at you, unless mommy still dresses you every morning.
If you don't like the cards you've been dealt, shuffle the deck. Get treated like trash? Fix your tattoos, buy some different clothes, change SOMETHING. Until you've tried changing yourself, your life will never change.
Anton LaVey said: "The clothes make the slave." and this is where you should start. How you CHOOSE to dress is a reflection of who you are. It might not be accurate, but every person who looks at you will treat you like you are asking to be treated by your clothes. It may be unfair, but it's a fact. If you aren't willing to try dressing different, you aren't willing to change your life, so stop complaining about your misfortune.
The depth of the quote at the top of this page reaches far deeper than clothing, it reaches into our souls to deep places that psychology has not yet developed terms for them. Ponder it and see how deep it goes.