Our society practices a method of categorizing others by using labels
to define them. Also
known as stereotyping
, brief summaries that supposedly describe each and all of whom it's applied.
We don't hand out these labels after careful consideration and analysis of someones character, rather we hand them out frivolously as if they're
harmless. You can be labeled due to your haircut, lifestyle, marital status, or opinion. This social practice creates nothing purposeful and only
hinders our progress, yet it's practiced everyday by every man, woman and child? Why do people tolerate the use of these labels? From cradle to
grave, every one of us must deal with labels that serve only to categorize, separate and falsely define us. Regardless of the obvious inaccuracy and
dysfunction these labels provide, nobody can avoid getting caught up in their use.
Labels like liberal, conservative, truther, anti Semite, democrat, republican, christian, atheist, creationist, evolutionist, etc... on and on they
go, can be found in many threads here at ATS. I see this used often here as a means to deflect points made in debates. If you can be labeled by a
statement you make that label will be used to deflect any point you try to make. For example, no matter how many valid points you make regarding a
subject like WW2, if someone labels you an anti Semite because of one statement you made, all other valid points will no longer be acknowledged, or
discussed? This cripples any potential progress, or enlightenment, that may have been made in the debate if not for this method of deflection. I'll
read a thread that provides multiple valid points all worthy of discussion, but rather than discuss them all, one of them is used to label the author
and discredit the entire list?
This blanketing tactic is used in politics as well. To support the right to bear arms you may be categorized as pro life and against gay marriage. To
oppose unnecessary wars could label you as a sympathizer that doesn't support his armed forces. Wanting to investigate the holocaust can bring
accusations you're an anti Semite Nazi. It's seen in the intelligent design debate. To belong to ID theory labels you as someone that doesn't
believe in evolution. Also, to believe evolution theory can label you atheist. This can be found everywhere and does only harm to our progression.
You need only minimal common sense to realize this method is a hindrance to mankind, at very least. Blanket labeling people into sets of beliefs is
also a very foolish act. To be for gun rights and be pro choice is, not only possible, it's probably quite common. Just as there are gay
conservatives and Jews that are curious about the holocaust. What if God created a race of aliens that intelligently designed humans to evolve on
Earth? Who can say?
So, why do we nurture this destructive behavioral trait? Why has mankind never exposed this tactic for its obvious negatives? Why doesn't debate
require that you address all points made in them? Why are people so blind to the things that harm them?