We make a serious mistake when we attempt to define a person by one aspect of his or her being. We don’t even attempt to get to know them for who they are, we automatically label them. We use labels such as black, white, democrat, republican, mother, Catholic, welfare recipient, middle class, upper class, lower class. The list of labels goes on and on and can quickly become loaded with mislead implications about our values, worth, or motivations.

When will we come to realize that the soul and humanity of an individual should not be captured and defined in a label or category? How about the next time you become quick to categorize someone, why not reflect upon those you know of the same race, political stance or religion; a person you know of a different race, political stance or religion and note those qualities that are unique to him or her, which are different from the stereotypical image of that kind of person.


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