Whether we like it or not, we mold ourselves to what society would have us.
I don't understand what the society would have us.
What is this structure? I've never come across this usage of have.
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Had the writer said '...we mould ourselves to the way the society would have us', the expression would have been complete in itself.
Perhaps that's what they meant to say.
But I am thinking that if that is the case, and 'the way the society would have us' is a valid construction, then why not 'what the society would have us'?
It is also a profound and interesting thought.
As Fumble Fingers suggests it might be interesting to know more about where it came from.