Friday, September 28, 2007

Like Likes Like

Years ago I heard a term that has always stuck with me, “Like likes like.” It simply means that things of a kind seem to hang out together, or you like things that are like you.

There is a reason that bikers dress alike. There is a reason farmers dress alike. Sure it has something to do with the durability and function of their clothing, but it is also cultural identification. There are probably times where a farmer could find it perfectly appropriate to wear leathers and a dew rag, but even during those times you will probably find them in jeans or bibs with a baseball cap.

“Like likes like” becomes very important while trying to get a new job or while dating. Opposites may attract, but that is generally short lived and usually ends in disaster. However if you can mirror the people associated with where you want to be, you’re in.

I also once heard an interesting related adage. If you want to be rich take a look and see what all the poor people are doing, and don’t do what they are doing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, maybe this is hitting home to too many of your readers, Pappy !

10:51 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

"Like likes like" puts me in two categories.
1) with my at-home dress code I would fit in with street people (although I do have a home...)
2) my outside-the-home fashion sense places me with with the dull and boring.

Neither quite feels "like" the real me.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am working on a new adage; "If you want to be rich-get horses" All the people I see with horses seem to be quite well off and have a lot of acreage.

11:47 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Hahaha, horses. With hay going for $17 a bale they won't be rich for long. They do eat horses in France.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Auntie said...

Eating horses? Guy, I think you secretly WANT to watch people eat. Here you are bringing up the subject again. LOL

1:15 PM  
Anonymous walter richards said...

My problem with "Like likes like" ... is my "like" is about 150 years ago.

6:57 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Muzzle loader, eh?

5:43 AM  

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