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  •  Cliches and Labels (2+ / 0-)
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    Brecht, blueoasis

    Clichés are a lot like labels.  My Dad used to say "Labels are something we use so that we don't have to think."  In some cases, this can be very helpful  A label on a can of spinach or a bottle of pills can save us a lot of time and grief trying to figure out what's inside; having labels on the equipment at work helps me to learn what everything is for and do my job more quickly.

    But you can slap a label on anything, and the label is not always appropriate.  There are times when we really do need to think about things, and replacing the thought process to arrive at a conclusion with a convenient shortcut bypasses that process and prevents us from maybe arriving at a different conclusion.

    When I see religious people doing this kind of thing, I call it "Bumper Sticker Theology", but we see it in politics all the time:  the reduction of an important idea to a catchy phrase designed to fit on a car's bumper between the "I (heart) My (dog head)" and the "My Other Car's A Velocipede" stickers.

    And come to think of it, bumper stickers really are labels.  So there you are.

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 12:39:17 PM PDT

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