Society has set up neat little boxes for what we “should” be and breaking out of those boxes can be scary. So people tend to stick to these little boxes allowing ourselves to be labeled to fit them.
I am not against self-labeling. Self-labeling could be a means to forge identity and create community. When we can put a name to how we feel, think, identify, it gives us a vocabulary to describe ourselves and communicate who we are to others. Being able to figure out which label, if any, fits helps a lot of people understand themselves better.
However, what these labels might do is create assumptions. When we are taken in by a label, we are taken in by opinions and beliefs. This makes you wonder why people see only a narrow view of an expansive and complicated human being. When labeling ourselves or others lead to assumptions, it obscures the contents of the individual.
I am one of those people who are easily annoyed by assumptions. Sometimes reasonably. Sometimes unreasonably. I don’t take assumptions lightly. And I rarely assume how and what people are because I myself hated it if others do that to me. So I try my best not to. So I create an expectation onto everybody to not assume. And right there, I assume. I assume that just because i don’t, everybody else also shouldn’t.
With that, I’m leaving everyone with how then can we live in a world that is filled with all of these little boxes for us to choose and fit ourselves in them. So what if you do not have a box that fits you?@1 week ago with 1 note