Why Do We Label Everyone?

There is a trend I’ve seen on social media that makes me wonder about the world as it stands. I see all these groups advocating for change in how we see the world, which I fully support. The world has to grow and change else we stagnate and diminish. But what I don’t understand is why does everyone have to be labeled based on their views or those of others?

This is most prominent when you look at various articles or posts relating to social issues. Keep in mind this is just examples of what I’ve seen so isn’t an absolute of the world. If you don’t agree with same sex marriage (one of the big issues of this decade) then you are homophobic. If you don’t support “insert colour lives matter” then you are a racist. If you don’t support stopping domestic violence against women you are a sexist. These are just some of the examples I see regularly on the various feeds that show up on my social media. The sad part is you don’t notice these things unless you start looking at all the comments that people post and that’s when things get toxic.

As a society have we always been like this and that social media just makes it easier to see? Or is it because of social media we feel we can say what ever we like? Then there is a weird thing I’ve seen were adding ‘ist’ to the end of words makes them acceptable. For example if you don’t like dogs you are a dogist. Don’t like day light you’re a sunist. Given the herd mentality of some social media users it’s hard to tell if it’s a joke or people are really making up new words to describe a differing view. 

Then again when you see some of the words that end up in the Oxford dictionary, I’ll just  fuhgeddaboudit for now.

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