I have come to believe that the only thing the practice of labeling is good for is the kind that is done in grocery stores for food and the kind that is done for safety purposes on many other items. Beyond that, I believe the practice of labeling should cease and desist.
For instance, the society and the world in which we live is so very fond of labeling persons, communities, generations, and just about anything that makes noise. Where has it gotten us? It has gotten us nowhere. In fact, I believe that the practice of labeling people is right at the heart (aside from mental illness) of the violence and terror that continues to march across our world.
But, we continue to do it generation after generation. Perhaps it is done because it helps those who are fond of this practice feel a bit superior to those whom they label. Or, maybe it continues because some have an insatiable appetite to control their surroundings in such a way as to impose upon others a value system based upon their own insecurities.
Whatever the reason, too many people in this world feel much less than good about themselves because someone or some entity has placed a label upon them that devalues their self-worth and therefore contributes to the erosion of their being able to make a positive contribution to the world in which they find themselves.
You may be thinking that is a bit much. Perhaps? But, I would ask you to ponder what theologian, Soren Kierkegaard said, “Once you label me, you negate me.”
– Doug Fairbanks
Published on Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ 9:26 AM EDT