Edward Hopper – Office At Night Gandalf’s Gallery. Flickr.
“Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people.”
Imagine a world where people were not given labels, but instead were given the chance to be seen as their authentic and individual selves? How refreshing this would be…..
What do I mean by labels and labelling ourselves and others?
So often, we attribute a personality trait, or a way of being, to someone, based on very little evidence. For example, people may be labelled as thin, fat, pretty, ugly, handsome, clever, thick, stupid, rich, poor, and so on.
This is a very narrow-minded way of thinking. In actuality, there is very little thinking involved at all; labelling people is a thoughtless, controlling, irresponsible and insensitive act.
It can cause much distress and offence.
Even wearing a tag or lanyard with your name and job…
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