"Don’t associate with shady people" sounds like a rule your dramatic friend tells you but I got some new perspective on it today. It’s not that you shouldn’t associate with them cause they can ruin your reputation, but because they have defective personalities. The only people you should surround yourself with are positive people who are trying to do and be good.
I somewhat believe that adage “don’t do in the dark what you wouldn’t do in the light.” I think theres a bunch of stuff my parents or society wouldn’t like but I am feisty and millennial so I do whatever I think we should be doing as a culture rather than doing things I think are outdated and dumb. For instance: writing about sex on the internet. If I want to do it, I will. I have done it. It doesn’t interest me at the moment, but that’s because it doesn’t interest me, not because my mom’s telling me to stop. So, I think you shouldn’t do anything you *think* you shouldn’t do, but doing things that some people think is shady is okay, because you aren’t being shady about it.
So, people who are shady are people who do these societally frowned upon things but rather than being enlightened and powerful, they are scared and weak. They believe the lies being told to them that certain things are “right” and certain things are “wrong” and don’t question which is which. They have small minds and they are afraid to lose their reputation because that is the only way they know of having worth.
Don’t associate with shady people not because of what they do but because of how they do it.