Is it just me, or is anyone else sick and tired of all of the labels that have been put into circulation in recent years? It seems like everyone is pro this, anti that. And quite honestly, I’ve fallen into the trap at times. We, other people, media, are so quick to put a label on someone/ourselves so that they/we can be categorized into a box, group, community, that defines who they/we are or what they/we stand for. But the truth is;
My opinion is more than a label can convey. Is yours?
I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, and had to get this off of my chest. I’m SICK OF BEING LABELED!!! Because, while I may lean more toward one side than another on certain issues, and there are a few that I identify with completely, a label can’t tell you WHY someone feels the way that they do, or WHAT it is that they are trying to say. So, let me break down some of my personal labels for you. If you’d like to make polite conversation of it, I’m happy to answer questions. Just do me a favor and don’t tear me down if my opinion is different than yours. That’s what makes us human, and humanity is beautiful and interesting thanks to our differences.
I homeschool my kids. That doesn’t mean I’m anti-public school, or that I’m even anti-common core. Yes, there are many things that I don’t agree with in either, but it doesn’t mean that I’m against them completely. Yet, even I have caught myself slapping the anti-common core label on. And that doesn’t even begin to explain why I’ve taken my kids out of the public education system or why I continue to homeschool, even on the days that it would be much “easier” and “cheaper” to send them to school.
Abortions suck. Whether someone gets one or not, if they’re questioning that route, they’re in an incredibly difficult spot. I believe that children have a right to live and that God has created and breathed life into each and every beautiful child. So, I’m pro life, and anti abortion right? Well, yes and no. There are very, very extreme cases in which I believe that abortion may be an option, but I do not believe that it should be used as a birth control option for people who choose to engage in sexual interactions. I am one of many generations of living proof of teen pregnancy, and have a sister in law that was adopted by an amazing family through a teen pregnancy and has miraculously joined our family now. However, I also have friends that have had abortions and I don’t love them any less because of it, nor do I judge them for their decision. I just have to wonder, if access to abortion was easy, and encouraged, would I/we be here? Hard to say. What I can say is, there was no easy answer, but we were all a choice by our mothers and fathers and they chose life for us.
Without a doubt I am one hundred percent anti corrupt government. That’s not to say that I’m anti-government and/or establishment. I do believe that the government has overstepped their boundaries in countless ways, but the foundation of the United States also has the incredible potential to help create and maintain unity for the majority when administered correctly. I am happy that Trump is in office rather than Clinton, yet I didn’t vote for either one of them. I don’t agree with, or trust, Trump or Clinton on various issues (nor should I/we, as they are human), and I would love to see a woman president some day, but out of the two, I hope that Trump will maintain more of the values that I agree with. That doesn’t mean that I’m anti women’s rights, anti immigration, less intelligent or any of the other labels that are being thrown around by those who are rallying against him and their thoughts of all that they believe he stands for. Have you/they talked to him in person before making these assumptions, or studied how laws come into effect? Regardless, he’s now our nation’s President, so I hope for the best and will do my best to voice my opinion on issues that matter to me with local government so that my voice has the possibility of being heard.
Vaccines? That’s another tricky point. I don’t vaccinate my kids any longer. That doesn’t mean that I am completely anti-vaxx. It means that I don’t agree with loading up my kids with everything that the pharmaceutical companies deem necessary, when said vaccines have not been tested and are loaded with unnecessary garbage, and being told that I “have to” do this “in order to” do that… Especially when the same vaccines have been outlawed in other countries due to their negative health implications, which pharmaceutical companies are not held accountable for. I think the idea of vaccinations is wonderful. But I wish that they were formulated without the corruption, deception, and bias, and that the public and doctors were allowed and encouraged to easily access the data to make an informed decision on their own.
I could go on and on. But for now, I’m sure I’ve stirred the pot enough. Because, heaven forbid my opinion doesn’t fit into someone else’s standards, or the label that I “should” fall under. I guess you could say I’m pro anti labeling and I’m learning how to be proud to be different 🙂
So, what labels define you? And do they correctly define who you are? Or do you too, have opinions that go beyond what a label can convey?