William Shakespeare asked: “What’s in a name?”
Well, for the locals of Brighton, the name of the structure jutting out into the sea remains the Palace Pier, regardless of the label Brighton Pier formally applied to it nowadays.
Labels can be useful as an aid to defining objects. That is surely true if, or indeed when, we need to quickly categorize or place items into groups. And no doubt you can think of day-to-day examples, ranging from the workplace to the home.
However, if labels are used to substitute personal thought then their influence on our beliefs concerning people may be harmful. People are, after all, more than mere labels can ever explain.
Looking at the person behind a label could require exertion on our part, but the discovery of a fellow human would undoubtedly make the effort worthwhile.
If you’d like to join the conversation and share your input on the issue of labels, please leave a comment below. In any case, thanks for reading this today.