The Label Machine

I've never really liked labels. I'm not sure how many people actually like labels. Probably more than I care to imagine. But from my personal experience I find they often narrow down the view of something that could be looked at from many different angles. The label creates a stop sign for growth. It's like stepping on a Lego with bare feet and never checking what's on the floor out of stubbornness because you decided to go that way at the beginning.

It's hard to ignore that labels have definitely become a huge part of our society today. I'm sure we have all probably used a label at some point to define ourselves either as teenagers or adults. Hell, it can even be something small that we use it for; like saying you're a "chocolate lover." And that's fine for the most part because some are perfectly harmless. For a time it makes us feel like we fit in to a certain niche or specific type of group without being shunned or disliked. It makes people feel like they belong to something bigger than themselves.

But behind the eyes of some labeling is the collective need to feel secure in ideals or opinions that a person believes defines them and their core beliefs. Which seems to create a lot of confusion in one's own self identity process and can even lead to violence, disassociation, and hatred. It can even get downright scary.

It creates more separation when surely coming together and spreading peaceful and fair awareness is at least worth considering. Long before one continues to break themselves off into tribes that end up becoming much worse than the original ideal. The intention is lost and the pushing of the label as a belief becomes the purpose. That can easily turn to bigotry and hatred.

Over time, a label can degenerate the dynamic of self exploration and questioning. Especially if that label is used as a defining core belief. It's just another lens over your perception of the world around you that is colored. An ideal or vision that only suits to benefit the continued perpetuation of a label you have adopted as a narrative or identity. That is some scary ass bare feet Lego exploration.

I've seen it create some of the weirdest ideas in people who don't even understand what the label itself can denote. Even if that label has violence, cruelty, or manipulation of power behind it's curtains. It's kind of crazy how easily the need to belong to something makes people slightly blinded to their own independent rationality or feelings. It makes me sad to see that we as a people are so afraid of everything around us that adoption of labels as a personal identity are the only thing to make people feel secure. Isn't that kind of messed up?

So my question is: when does a label stop being a label and become a belief system? It's dangerous to just sit back and take something at face value when we all know that looking deeper into why we feel the need to associate with that label in the first place should come first, right? Just a thought.


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