Labels…

“Labels terminate thinking”

-Ludwig Wittgenstein.

I read this quote in my world music book and it really stuck with me. How many times do we assign a label to someone?
We’re all people….We are all conceived, we are born, and then we die. Why do we feel the need to assign people a label?

Black, white, Mexican, Muslim, Asian, Gay, Straight, Transgender, Bi, Christian, Catholic, Republican, Democrat, Snowflake, Libtard, Right-Wing, Left-Wing, etc. etc.
the list goes on an on……

Why do we characterize people by their race, the color of their skin, their gender, sexual orientation, political stances, age, or marital status? We’ve turned some of these characteristics into insults we hurl at each other whenever we dislike or disagree with who they are or what they stand for. Do you pick a side solely off of the label it was given? When you vote do you make a selection based of the label it was given? Do you disregard inappropriate behavior of people you feel fit within the same label as you?

When you assign a label to someone we will never know who they really are, take me for example…

“It is wiser to find out than to suppose.”

-Mark Twain.

I was labeled on Facebook recently…  I was labeled a “bitter Left-Wing Liberal” when I tried to tell someone the news source they were sharing wasn’t very creditable and was extremely misleading. In the moments leading up to that insult I never called them names and I never labeled them a “Right-Wing Conservative”. I only pointed out that it is best to do your research on a publication if you REALLY seek the truth. I’ve been guilty of sharing articles that are misleading and false only to discover the truth in the end, since then I decided to fact check a publication before I click “share” and end up making myself look ignorant.

I am very annoyed with the label I was given by this person since it made zero sense. If you want to attack me by calling me a “bitter Left-Wing Liberal” because my candidate didn’t win, then you better make sure I actually wanted that candidate to begin with, but they didn’t, they didn’t seek the truth about me. I had to inform this person that label was inappropriate since I did not like either candidate in this past election, but they didn’t take that time, they labeled me and insulted me, and I feel sorry for them because they let labels define themselves and others.

I am more liberal on social issues.
That does not make me a Left-Wing Liberal.

If you want to label me as a liberal because I care about the well being of people, want access to education or healthcare, believe our leaders should have good moral character, believe our leaders should have integrity, and believe in treating people equally regardless of all the so called “labels” I mentioned above, then feel free to have that opinion of me. However, think about what that says about yourself?

“If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”

– John F. Kennedy.

I am not a liberal in the manner in which people usually define it. I have a liberal point of view on some issues and conservative on others and that leaves me without a label, so don’t call me a liberal. I do not let the labels of Republican or Democrat define me or determine my choices. I let my judgement of someones character, experience, what they say they stand for, or what effect they may have determine my choice in politics and my personal life.

I did not decide to vote for Obama because he was black (label) or a Democrat (label).
I voted for him because of his character, his experience, and I agreed with what he stood for.

I didn’t want Hillary because she was a white (label) female (label) Democrat (label).

I did not vote for Trump because of his character and lack of experience in politics and law.
I did not vote for him because of what I heard him say about people of a different race, how he spoke about women, because he mocked a disabled person on TV then lied about it (what else would he lie about?), I did not vote for him because he seemed determined to attack great Obama era legislation’s simply out of hatred (who needs laws to protect our environment anyways?). Of course there are people who 100% agree with Trump, but how many people who didn’t agree let all of that go and voted simply because there was a “R” next to his name on the ballot.

When we assign a label we’ve taken away the ability to think freely, the label already did the thinking for us.

We need to let go of labels.
The only thing we should label is our food.
The only time we should buy into labels is when it’s designer.

XOXO
Mallory.

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