Labels are STUPID! I hate titles, categories and the boxes we put each other in. SO many of us have this need to label ourselves and each other.
HI MY NAME IS GAY
HI MY NAME IS JEW
HEY LOOK THEIR NAME IS HOMELESS
THEIR NAME IS SINNER
Far too often we embrace the labels they put on us, and we put them on our chests like a scarlet letter to let everyone know that we will allow you to label us.
I mean, they work great when you're organizing your junk drawer, but somehow they always fall short when we use them to describe people.
I'm yoinking a few things that I'm about to say from a book called UNLABELED by Marc Echo, but I THINK HE NAILS IT:
WE, AS A society, put things in a certain taxonomy and groupings, just like we do when shopping in the grocery store. We buy our dairy in the same place, the baked goods in the same place, the toilet paper in the same place. These labeling frameworks help us, as consumers, navigate the world. Ideas, places, and things are labeled so we can make sense of them. Without labels, we’d be unable to tell a can of peaches from a can of beans. But this has unintended consequences.
If we’re not careful we find ourselves acting out the label that society has slapped on our tin can, wearing pleated khakis, making our résumé look just like everyone else’s, and joining the herd of sheep. Human beings are programmed to pattern match. Even when we try to avoid pattern matching and shake free of the herd, sometimes we just end up as a black sheep in an identical herd of black sheep. (Exhibit A: The “rebellious” goth high school kids who all wear the same eyeliner.) Fight this label. Peel off this label. UN-Label.
Challenge yourself to shake free of the herd, find your unique voice. Make it hard for them to classify you. Make it hard for them to label you. Don’t let yourself be placed in a silo. It’s okay if the grocery store doesn’t know whether to fit you in aisle 3 or aisle 7. When you refuse to be labeled, suddenly you play by your own rules, not theirs. You measure yourself by your own standards, not the gatekeepers’ standards.
In this episode, Michael (From EPISODE 004) has some questions regarding the void religion fills, the labels we attach to, and what do we fill religion fails to fill the void.
He baits me into discussing theology which I don't want this podcast to be about because theology is another way to label shit. But we might as well go there since he baited me to it.
LET'S STOP LABELING OTHERS! DON'T LET THEM LABEL YOU!