Let’s All Drop Labels by da-AL


Video Still from Drop Labels dot org websiteFirst impressions. It’s hard to restrain myself from making snap judgments about people when I first meet them.

Worse is when I settle for my shallow analysis and end up labeling folks.

We’re all complex, all of us alike yet different from each other, so I doubt anyone appreciates my boxing them into a label. Moreover, embracing knee-jerk categorizing limits me from enjoying all the marvelous aspects of the people I meet as well as learning the really good stuff from them.

Alas, training myself to stop being an automaton seems impossible.

Not so! There’s hope, thanks to this consciousness-raising site founded by a wise new friend. Drop Labels features videos of people discussing how being labeled has hurt them. The site goes above and beyond threadbare definitions of types of labels. For instance, this man has found that he hates being labeled as ‘the man with cancer’ …

Do you label? Have you been labeled?

40 thoughts on “Let’s All Drop Labels by da-AL

  1. When i think of not wanting to be labeled by my cancer experience, the phrase i use is, ‘I don’t want to be defined by it.’ I hope it isn’t the most interesting thing about who i am.
    Not denying or suppressing the cancer aspect, though, has allowed me to connect with others (whether survivors themselves or not) i might not have otherwise, or connect in a unique way.

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  2. I think we’ve all been labelled – good or bad – over the years. Some are hurtful, some are benign. The hard part is stopping ourselves from doing it … it seems to be human nature to ‘organize’ our world into categories.

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