What is the name of an expression where two noun/verb sentences are reversed in the second half of the expression?

Here's an example:

People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used.

  • Irony.........?
    – WS2
    Jul 23, 2014 at 6:36
  • 3
    Chiasmus perhaps? Jul 23, 2014 at 7:27
  • note that there is no connection, at all, to "meaning reversal" here. everything means exactly the same thing throughout.
    – Fattie
    Jul 23, 2014 at 7:39
  • @JoeBlow That's not the Q. though.
    – Kris
    Jul 23, 2014 at 7:52
  • I edited the title, which (I believe) was completely wrong.
    – Fattie
    Jul 23, 2014 at 7:54

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It seems to be an example of chiasmus


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