If you are an understanding person, understanding of human nature and that, although all are different in some respects, we are still pretty much the same, then you also understand that for one to call another names (labels) is to undermine oneself.
This is a thought that I have carried around since being a kid. I was bullied and, when I got home, pretty badly treated by an older brother. How did I react? I tried bullying other kids to make myself feel better. I only tried this once. I felt, for the first time, like a hypocrite. So, you see, I don’t call anyone names unless they are bullying others. And then I only call them names which I feel are accurate and descriptive but not off-color. In no case do I call anyone names that are subscriptive or classless such as bigot, homophobe or xenophobe. people who do so, to a large extent, don’t even know what those words mean. They merely subscribe to the monthly propaganda magazines such as the NYT or W. Post.
I don’t know about you but I feel that being a human being is tough enough without labeling others bromidic titles. At the same time, I think it interesting that those who shout the loudest are quite often the least secure. Worse than being insecure is shouting epitaphs for which we have no meaning or are misused.
I spoke of bullying. A childish endeavor which should be pretty much abandoned by young adulthood. When we hear throngs of people shouting these bromides it should give us pause to reexamine ourselves and tighten our resolve against calling down others. If we can’t learn from others mistakes then we have missed most of the learning opportunities that life puts in front of us.
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