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!”
Day 104 was created with mixed media.