Gandhi never said "Be the change you wish to see in the world." Or so, that's how I understand things to be based on the Internets. I mean hey, I never hung out with the guy.http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/30/opinion/falser-words-were-never-spoken.html
But he DID say (or so I understand from the Internets): “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.”
Either way, who cares. He's dead wrong.
What he should have said is: "Don't be the thing that you hate."
Now please. Stop. Think. You likely are instinctively reacting to that phrase as though you obviously are not doing that.
But you might be. You probably are.
Is there something you hated on today that you, yourself, did? At least in some similar form? Perhaps you accosted someone for not putting a thing back where it belonged, and then later left a thing out you knew you should have put back. It could be that simple. You may convince yourself that the answer is no, but if you dig deep enough, the answer will always be yes.
If you get it, and you want to make it better, the goal is to strive to make it harder and harder to find that answer to the question.
TLDR: DON'T be the change you want to see in the world, whether or not Gandhi said it (and BTW it shouldn't matter who the f
said it, should it?). Just don't be the same dick that you yelled at earlier in the day. #dontbeadick