Jul 26, 2013
What did Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison have in common? They each had a schoolteacher who labeled him "retarded". And then we go past individuals to groups and concepts, and the issue of labels becomes something major! What comes to mind when you hear such words as "Christian", "Wiccan", "Pagan", "Republican", or "liberal"? Add to that a couple of other questions: Does everyone who might have that label fit your pre-conceived notions of those people? Does the concept of that label stand any kind of test of time? Are they the same now as 20 years ago? Can you depend on them to be the same 20 years from now? And does the person you slap that label on plan to be the same in a few years?
Labels get slapped around a lot. Do they actually work?