Monday, October 5, 2009


It feels like we cannot go through one day, news broadcast, interview, article or conversation without people calling each other a name. They recklessly put a blanket stereotype label on an individual, group or organization because that’s the easiest way to express a one-sided thought.

“Liberal!” … “Conservative!” … “Socialist!” … “Feminist!” … “Racist!” … “Terrorist!” … “Idiot!” … “Bum!”

It requires very little thought or effort (regardless of your side of an opinion) to yell out a label and attempt to move on… Here’s a challenge: Don’t let anyone (especially yourself) get away with putting a label on somebody. Describe the behavior that bothers you, and be prepared for a civil debate to make your point.

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