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On Labeling Without Limiting - The Galactic Free Press

There's this popular belief that we shouldn't label anyone, and there's a certain bit of wisdom there. Take Frank for instance, Frank could be anyone, we don't know anything about him other than he's probably a man. Now let me apply some labels to Frank, he's old and he's a conservative. Suddenly there's all these unconscious prejudices, positive and negative, that come up when we think about Frank. He could have been anybody at first, but now there's various expectations about what Frank is supposed to be like.

The danger here is, what if Frank doesn't fit into those labels? More importantly, what if he doesn't fit into the prejudices people have associated with those labels? I've just done a great disservice to Frank by labeling him. Human beings are complex and unique, yet by labeling him I've made him dull, one-dimensional. He's now a generic person, he's been pigeonholed in our minds.

To the dualistic thinker, it may seem like I'm saying "labels are bad", but that's not my message at all. In fact, I would hope the hypocrisy of "labels are bad" is obvious to the reader. Labels are largely unavoidable, they're how our language works. That's all words are, labels. The word Moon is not really the Moon, the word is like a finger pointing to that large sphere that revolves around our Planet. The word is simply a convenient tool for communication so we both have a similar understanding.

As with all things, Consciousness is encouraged when labeling. There's nothing inherently wrong with labeling, it's the prejudices we carry with the labels that create the issues. Prejudice, that's a label with tons of negative connotations. Most people refuse to see themselves as prejudiced, but prejudice is extremely common. Prejudice is simply pre-judgment, preconceived beliefs about someone or something and they can be both positive and negative. Nearly everyone has them, though looking at them and releasing them offers enormous opportunity for personal growth.

Prejudices limit your vision, you build up so many until that's all you can see. You no longer see a person for who they are, you simply see the labels you put upon them. Everything becomes dull because you believe you already know it. A tree is just a tree, it's no longer a beautiful and unique living organism. Life becomes boring and repetitive, though it's not really life that's boring and repetitive, but your own mind.

Look beyond the labels, focus upon what's underneath. Nearly every time I mention God, it creates some confusion. That label, God, means so many different things to so many different people. It's a very loaded term. Instead of trying to understand what I mean by it though, many try to tell me I'm using the word wrong. At that point it's no longer real communication, it just becomes an argument over semantics.

Labeling is only a problem when you can't see past the label. Everything is constantly changing, yet labels keep things static in your mind. If you can look past the labels, you can see them as simply a tool for communication. They serve a useful function, up to a point. Getting too caught up in them and they'll impede your communication with others, along with your whole vision of Life.


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Comment by Marique on April 28, 2014 at 5:37pm

Great post Will, I could not agree more...It came up on a post I did yesterday and I was thinking a lot about this subject actually.  Labels can so many different meanings to so many people and often the thoughts that are conjured up with the label are not so nice.  The word that came up in my discussion was the label troll.  Up till my discussion I never really realized that that label meant so many different people and I was so surprised...I did figure out that being labeled as one is not desirable in an online community but it is one that is used often.  Other labels applied to people that are negative are low vibe, negative, sheeple, dark minions, and lots of other labels bandied about new age sites quite a lot.  It would be so nice if people would look behind the labels and get to know a person as more than just a label that someone has stuck upon them...I have been called a lot of names over the years here....labels.  A lot of people have when actually we are all individual people with strengths and weaknesses just like everyone else.  And of course I saw what happened in your discussion the other day when you used the word GOD...a label with a multitude of differing opinions..That is why I so agree with this post...It will be wonderful if sometime in the future humans learn to communicate in better ways than just words and labels for things.  I long for the time.  Thanks for sharing Will.

Comment by Silvanei Bassotto on April 28, 2014 at 3:20pm
Very good esplanation! Thanks


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