Was listening to an interview yesterday on CBC radio and the reporter was talking with
an 'occupier' and he was saying how some people have been calling him a 'dirty hippie'.
This label perplexed him somewhat, he said. He was an educated individual and feels
strongly about certain issues in our society, ones which he feels have to be dealt with. He
was confused and wondered why anybody would want to categorize him at all. This got
me thinking, obviously out loud, about how we all practice this way of coping with
someone/something different from the norm. Some of us like to 'label' people because it
makes us feel superior and better than that person. I guess it legitimizes our 'way' of living
if we can find fault in the ways people choose to live. We all come into this world with
different 'skins'. Until we are able to 'go our own way' in life, we usually follow what our
parents taught us, whether they knew it or not. Sometimes a 'prejudice' against the way
someone looks is passed on for generations. Until we see that all people are basically
the same with different exteriors only, we will continue to reject differences.