posted on Oct, 12 2008 @ 01:02 PM
The more I look at labels and how people label themselves, I've observed that initially, the person has one view, and then eventually, the label
Most look at their stronger beliefs and find a label to fit them, only to find that their weaker beliefs are changed by the label's definition.
For example, a woman who's only strong political belief is pro abortion will most likely find herself becoming a Democrat.
Then, as she considers herself a Democrat, she will take other Democrat's words as a higher authority than a Republican's (for example).
She will find herself forming strong beliefs which she once never had which align perfectly with a Democrat.
This is how we find ourselves in such clean demographics.
This restricts free and creative thought.
When I considered myself a Republican (once upon a time, in a galaxy far far away), I would watch the news and when I saw a Republican arguing against
a Democrat, the FIRST thing I did was take note of who was a Republican.
I said to myself (though perhaps not consciously), that he/she was the person I would look to agree with.
Without even looking at the issues, the playing field was already uneven to say the least.
Now I know that most people do label themselves and so a lot of you will most likely disagree with me.
I'll say that it's not true in all cases, but in most cases I find that it is true.
Also, it's not just true with politics but with every label you could think of.