Day 104 – Choose Tolerance

Art Apple - Day One Hundred Four
Art Apple - Day One Hundred Four

We label things.  Stupid.  Fat.  Cool.  Geek.

A label is different than a description, because it includes a preconceived notion or judgment.  We organize our world around labels, but they can become destructive and discriminating.   Whenever I think of how horrible it is to place some of these labels on one another, I think of Dr. Seuss’ book “The Sneetches” which shows the senselessness of feeling superior to others.

“until neither the Plain nor the Star-Bellies knew

whether this one was that one… or that one was this one

or which one was what one… or what one was who.”

My apple image today shows a place for a label, but no description.  I have been labeled by people who have no idea what living with a chronic illness is about and this judgment has made me more tolerant of others.  Sometimes it takes going through the machine to understand that “you can teach a sneetch!”

Until tomorrow.

Jenna

Day 104 was created with mixed media.