No Labels World

We must think far into the future even if it is something we can not feel, touch or see. The decisions we make today affect the outcomes of tomorrow and so on and so forth.

We live in a world-wide society where there is disparaging inequalities from one end of the world to the other. From people’s in country and others, religious groups, ethnic groups, people of different genders, to our very own country which includes racial inequalities, gender inequalities between men and woman, and the inequalities I really want to focus on those in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities, as well as the other labels being attached to the LGBT communities.

Labels have always bothered me personally. I don’t like any label being applied to me for any reason. Whether it is male/female/transgender or gay, lesbian, or bisexual, to religious, as well as especially political and religious labels, I want to be free of what I see is diluting, divisive, and anything but empowering in the really big, far off picture of our society.

What do I mean when I say that labels are dissolving of the individual and not empowering, like most people who congregate under the umbrella of a label? I mean I am looking at a far bigger picture of the world, one where we all first and most human beings, who by individual nature are all so vastly  different. Whether it is the ethnicity we were born into, the gender we are, the people we choose to love, our religious beliefs, or perhaps the part of the world or country we live in, we are all unique and different, with no two of us being exactly alike.

People argue that the likeness of a label is comforting, inviting, and securing, and most of all empowering, but I say it ebbs away at the bigger world of humanity, and leads to divisive behavior by all that indulge in “the same is attractive to same argument.”

I think that the only ways labels are meaningful is in societies where it isn’t tolerable to be a certain way, where being “different” is not accepted, and most importantly when there are political agendas of these people. I think the only way labels work in only two ways., When people outside the label, Allies, step up, and say this is a human right not a set of flukes and to serve as support groups of the labeled community. The need for such intensive support groups dissipates when people are allowed to live openly and freely, and the shared experiences of living in isolation just evaporates.

Imagine it you will, two people at a LGBT meeting. One is a man, in his twenties, an atheist  not college educated, and the other is a 50 year old woman, who is a Lutheran, of German decent, who is a college professor. They were brought together by the LGBT label, but in fact they share nothing else in common, and are looking for like minded friends of similar backgrounds. The LGBT label did little to bring these two people together, except they share a commonality for loving people of the same sex.

If we lived in a world where we all saw ourselves as completely unique individuals, we would see that it doesn’t matter what labels you can gather at the Easter label gathering event, and individuals would not be stereotyped or judged on a unique characteristic of themselves, because they are not being diluted by labels, and first and foremost their individuality would be free, encouraged, and necessary to stand upon their own.

Don’t you see, this makes it possible to belong to no groups, and to all at the same time?

I agree we are a far, far way from this paradigm, and the political work necessary not only necessary in our country for equality, but all over the world, makes it almost necessary to have special interest groups, to push forward political agendas but all types of legislation around the world for all people to have equality. YES, we are a far way from those days, but how and why we organize ourselves the way we do isn’t right, and creates boundaries, and limitations, and only serves to illustrate the lack of elasticity that labels truly have in our country and all around our world.