The United States of America loves its labels, it loves its categories, and it loves it so much that everything is determined based upon a category, and people will create a new category for themselves if they feel the existing ones do not fit them.
It is often interesting when you meet someone for the first time and you do not fit into the box they had assigned for you; and by the way that is what categories are, boxes.
What happens if you are not the shape of the box they want to put you in? Do you have to get chiseled into that shape? Why not just get rid of the box?
The danger of categories and labels are that people no longer are communicating with those people outside of their box (or perhaps they never did). We see it in politics with the “Liberal and Conservative” labels, as if that is all you can be. Are we that extreme now?
I refuse to be defined by any label, and I am not in a hurry to jump into any box. This does not mean I do not fit into some categories, or am anti-social; to me it means I strive to be open to so much more than what other peoples’ perceptions tell them.
Let go of your labels, leave your box, be open to being “this first, this second, and this third”; be open to being a human being because the possibilities are endless when you do.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III