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Letter: We have to stop labeling our fellow human beings

We have to stop labeling our fellow human beings

I can stand it no longer. I must speak out. I am convinced that there is a misunderstood concept prevailing that is leading this country into severe problems. Why can’t it be seen? What does it take? How many more years can we all survive without that understanding?

Newscasters do it. Hate groups do it. You do it. I do it. And every time one of us does it, it leads to tremendous problems. Labeling. He’s a populist. She’s a centrist. They are more conservative. We’ve moved far left.

Why do we try to pigeonhole everything and everybody? What is the value in that? Labeling causes expectations, because when one moves away from some label, it is reported as harmful. It is a form of “name-calling,” even “bullying.”

Labeling causes dissension. Police haters. Welfare recipient haters. Those who hate the wealthy.

Labeling causes greed. Reaching an all-time high in ridiculousness, i.e., “deplorables.”

Most importantly, labeling causes huge divides in our people. The most important seven words I have ever heard uttered were, “Why can’t we all just get along?” Yet much of the world did not heed the call.

How many more Holocausts, fires, bombings, catastrophes must we endure? What is it going to take before people fully understand?

Imagine what a different world it would be if we helped each other more. Laughed with each other more. Got along with each other better.

The satisfaction that comes from making a positive difference in someone else’s life is the best of all gifts. There just aren’t enough acts of kindness, compassion and generosity to stop people from warring with each other. If we all followed the golden rule more often, as the song says, “What a wonderful world this would be.”

We’ve all inherited the earth for a very short time; we are cohabitants. We can fight with people to win at all costs, regardless of the damage we leave behind, or we can choose to share and help and understand each other better. First, we must stop the labeling.

Joseph Vilardo

Niagara Falls

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