It seems that all around me people are mentioning they don't want to be labeled.
I'm not really sure why that is.
My best guess is that folks feel if they're put into a category, then others will assume they know all there is to know about them. That if they are This, then they cannot be That.
But maybe it's even more than that.
Maybe it's that there are millions of variances of one idea. And that each person is an individual, and that if you label them, they'll lose their individuality and specialness. Maybe we get just too damned much of homogenization.
I personally don't have a problem with labels.
I'm a girl. I'm an unschooler. I'm someone that tries to be a good mama. I'm part this, part that, and a thousand other things.
Maybe I don't have a problem with being labeled because I fully accept everyone's individuality. It (individuality) has been a big part of my life for a long, long time. I thumbed my nose at conventionalism and conformity at a young age, and got the defiance out of my system. In insisting that I be allowed to go my own way, I automatically assume that everyone else has thousands of small parts too.
How I can relate to the idea of being labeled is being judged. Maybe for some it's the same thing, I'm not sure. Maybe folks feel that others are saying or thinking "you are not as you claim because This, in truth, means this...".
I don't know.
Labels, to me, are just descriptions. It's the short of it. It's a rough representative of thoughts or feelings or day to day processes. Of philosophies.
I don't feel that labels are detrimental to our beings at all. Indeed, I look at them as colors.
There are millions and millions of colors, and millions and millions of shades of those colors.
I find them useful, interesting, and helpful.
Without them, I think we -or at least I, certainly- would be lost in a land of murky gray blandness.