What does this quote mean from The Secret Life of Bees?The quote is "We can't think of changing our skin. Change the world -that's how we gotta think." I have an idea of what it means, but I would...

What does this quote mean from The Secret Life of Bees?

The quote is "We can't think of changing our skin. Change the world -that's how we gotta think." I have an idea of what it means, but I would like to see others agree with my thoughts.

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The following quote is from the novel The Secret Life of Bees,

We can't think of changing our skin. Change the world- that's how we gotta think.

The meaning of this quote is based upon the fact that there are certain things that one cannot change in their life. The color of ones skin is something that is physically unable to be changed.

Instead of people wishing that they can change the things they cannot, they should, instead, focus upon changing the things which they can.

The world is something that all people can change- even the ones who wish to change the color of their skin. It is not the color of a person's skin that actually needs to be changed. It is, instead, the mentality of those around them (those who harbor prejudices and stereotypical thoughts) which need to be changed.

The quote is basically saying that one needs to focus upon the things that are changable- people's minds, people's prejudices, people's stereotypes. Why bother with trying to change something one cannot- it is simply a waste of time. The only way to make a true difference is by changing what one can- the world, one piece at a time.

 

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