Posted by: michelle2005 | November 21, 2008

“Labels”…Why Do We Use Them?

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We were children; we came into this world through no means of our own! 

We were children we played in the park night and day

We were children we learned from those who came before us.

We were children yet before we knew it, we were so much more

We were a canvas

We were formed

We were molded

By those who came before us

Look at the kindergarten Class Room

Look at the nursing home dinning room

At lot has happened in between

When I was very young we wrote with big fat pencils.

As we grew older, we were given finer instruments

We were told to be careful with indelible pencils

Because what we wrote with these could not be erased

For too many of us
We can not erase that which is about us.

We follow lock stock and barrel the path that is set before us

Robert Frost wrote about the road not taken but who among those who spout the

Party line, ever even considered the other road

How can we walk in each other’s shoes

if we cannot imagine that path that got each of us

where we are now?

 

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Therefore, when I hear people use labels like conservative, socialist, liberal, troll, I remember that we were all once children, whose potential exceeded a label.

It gives each of us a comfort to label someone else as the ‘other/different’.

But just the like the classroom, the dining room, the cars and busses, offices, playgrounds…where we all congregate, we are all breathing the same air.

 

Take a look at the photographs below.  Do you notice any difference in these two campaign photos?  Which groups of people are locked in the labeling patterns of the past and which group is ready to move us toward a better future?   In other words…”which one plays well with others”?  Crosby, Stills and Nash said it best…”Won’t you please come to Chicago for the help that we can bring…We can change the world…rearrange the world.”  [Note: I realize that these lyrics were written for a different time and place, but how appropriate to use as a calling to all of those people who would come to Grant Park on election night.]

     

 

 

 

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Michelle

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Responses

  1. Perfectly stated. When I read your work, I never have to wonder what you mean. You say things straight out. I’m guessing this is the reason for your large reader base.

    I want to thank you for visiting my site and leaving such awesome ideas. Your idea about the scrapbooking was really good. I told my sister and she liked it, too.

    I wanted to let you know that I’m having a hard time keeping up with all your work. Is there any single location where everything is available for viewing?

    Victoria…

    Thank you for taking the time to read and post a comment. Unfortunately, right now there is no one place to view all my work. I’ve been working with one of the editors to hopefully get this changed.

    Regards,

    Michelle

  2. Another wonderful post, Michelle. The pictures at the end certainly ‘say’ a lot.

    thebeaddean…

    You are always so kind and gracious. The photos in this particular post were the idea of my hubby. (He’s amazing!)

    Regards,

    Michelle

  3. That was beautiful. I wish it was that easy and people could look at each other and realize we are in this trouble together. Yet, even as I dream there are those out there fighting for an ideology alone and they have no care if it is out of step with the 21st century.

  4. This post is one of the best I’ve read. Did you compose this yourself? The people in my office read your work. There is one girl that is so far to the right I think she may fall off the planet.

    How do you deal with those that argue with no logic? Its so easy to understand where you’re coming from, but I would guess you get a fair share of ridicule, too.

    I’ve read some of the comments you’ve gotten on other posts and people have told you the print out what you write. Does your site generate much email?


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