Trapped in the Box of Labels: Unlocking the Doors to Personal Growth

I’ve been against establishing self-identity for a while now.

You could say I identify as a non-self-identifier.

The reason is that labelling yourself restricts personal evolution.

Labelling is a Function of Our Egoic Mind

Humans like to group things as this vs. that.

This black-and-white thinking is the reason for both constructive debate and nonsensical arguing. Think of all the groups one can be a part of nowadays. The total is staggering and borderline ridiculous. On top of that, each group has its opposition. War isn’t fought with swords and shields anymore, it’s fought with our egos.

We chase information that confirms our self-imposed group identity.

And then reject anything or anyone in opposition.

Furthermore, as we fight for the survival of opinion and belief, we lose sight of the end goal of all this bickering.

What to know why?

It’s because there was no goal at all; it was all meaningless.

I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 1:14

The Survival of Our Ideas is a Losing Battle, The Actions that Result Are Not

When ideas stay in the mind, there they remain to die.

If ideas don’t lead to action, our survival as a species would be threatened. By no voicing our opinions, problems don’t get solved. Voicing good ideas inevitably leads to their realization.

These truly creative ideas spark an innovation that solves a problem.

The problem is that nowadays most of our ideas remain on the proving ground as we desperately try to prove their validity. In the modern day, this proving ground isn’t in physical reality but in the digital confines of social media.

Social media can spark the fruition of ideas. But due to its nature, most ideas serve their survival and nothing more.

Now back to how labelling fits into this.

When you say, “I identify as…”, you are limiting yourself to this label.

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Once you do this, your perception becomes fogged with content that matches the tenets of said label. When this happens, your beliefs, opinions, and ideas become constrained. You are no longer able to entertain the opposing viewpoint. The more you interact with others in the group, your social media becomes an echo chamber for the label. You have become a victim of algorithmic enslavement.

It doesn’t take long for companies like Google, Meta, and Twitter to know what you identify as. Even if you are against strict labelling like me, being online informs the algorithm of what is likely to grab your attention. It’d be cool to oscillate between interacting with different group identities on purpose to see how quickly the algorithm shifts. However, no one does that because it’s inauthentic to our nature.

Humans naturally default to finding like-minded people.

This is neither GOOD or BAD.

In a digital tribe under the umbrella of a given label, it is USELESS if their discourse functions solely to keep itself and its ideas alive.

However, if something good comes out of it, then I have no right to call the label useless.

Meaningless Life is Freedom

There was once a time when I didn’t have social anxiety, I WAS social anxiety.

I had unconsciously labelled myself to the point where I forgot who I actually was. In reality, I was free; we all are. However, my mind identified with what it was conditioned to believe.

I once gave meaning to this condition until I let it go. Now through a painstaking length of time, I am left with the wisdom of letting go of destructive labels.

A label is merely a fabrication of words and associated feelings that our mind gives meaning to and perpetuates. That is why after a health diagnosis, the people with the best outcomes are those that do not identify with the illness.

It doesn’t matter if you identify with something as harmless as being a ball player or as detrimental as a political extremist. Just know that it prevents you from shooting a puck and living life as a free-thinking soul.

I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him. Ecclesiastes 3:13-14

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