Thevillageatheist - 30 January 2014 07:09 PM
Labels? We don’t need no stinking labels!
But we all get them whether we need them or not. They can’t be avoided.
Lois, have you ever watched the Boggie movie “Treasure of the Sierra Madre”? Ok, of course they can’t be avoided. It’s how we sort out our World. We’ve been doing it since Adam named the animals (once again, being facetious). Think of a Vinn diagram; some even overlap. I could list any number of labels I use for myself and what others label me as well. You could too and so could anyone on this forum. And they shift and change meaning over time as we “gather more moss”. Labels also tell others what we think of ourselves and what others think of us. It’s really a communication tool and a place marking in the social hierarchy like “boss”, CEO, “mere member of the cube farm”, or friend just to name a very few of the many labels we’re all called at one time or another and what we call each other. For that matter, even our surname and given names connote meaning to us and others. I mean, you do know what “Lois” means. Right? Our surnames carry even more information such as place names, sometimes specific places, vocations like Smith or Schneider, animals, heroic deeds, weapons, etc. those are labels too. Everyone has both unless you’re a rock star like Sting (wonder What the hell he meant by that anyway?) or Prince if you remember him. They’re just labels too.