Yesterday I posted about labels, using marmalade as an analogy. There was a reason for that.
Labels belong on food products and other inanimate objects. Labels describe ingredients, explain nutritional contents, instruct us how to use/wash/clean/maintain/repair an item.
In my humble opinion, labels are for things, not people. There appear to be two, no, three camps about labelling people.
1. Those who don’t think people should be labelled, who believe every single person is unique, and that people’s characters and dispositions are fluid, dynamic and ever changing.
2. Those who think labels help define a person, so Society can then treat them accordingly. If it sticks, I fits. Problem is, you never really fit 100%.
3. Those who hide behind their labels or take advantage of those labels as a crutch or excuse for poor behaviour. Temporary insanity. XYY chromosomes. Affluenza.
Anyway, some comments were made or overheard that got me thinking. And scurrying over to Pinterest (my “Visual Google”) to see what I could find on the broad spectrum subject of labelling people, stereotyping, gender issues, prejudice etc.
Here are some interesting and eye-opening quotes I found:
As for myself, well, I am me. And I make no excuses.