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We incessantly label and categorize everything…


We are predisposed to incessantly label and categorize everything. This was hammered into us at school and most of us have largely become products of that miseducation (or very limited education). We habitually look through a screen of patterns and labels that was handed down to us (by our primitive society). We see what we were taught to see. We usually recognize merely according to what we were programmed to recognize. What we see is usually very limited, second-hand, fragmentary, and banal. Then many of us end up depressed, ordinary, and — to a large extent — mediocre.

Please question what you were taught and (often) go beyond it. Please look without all of the crap that was spoon-fed to you. Please often look at things holistically, without all of the divisions, distinctions, separations, run-of-the-mill labels, and distance. Question what was poured into you. Go out, appreciate what you see, and breathe and live as if for the first time.

Together as One … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2022

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  1. Oh, you have said something so important – “We see what we were taught to see” – do we ever question this? And if so how? I know you do but then you pay attention…

    Gosh I hope there are other ways to learn about this besides being a naturalist – as a naturalist I am a learner who is always on the trail of seeing/ feeling/sensing something new – making new connections – the forest is my teacher – the trees outside my window are saying something if only I could hear….


  2. Yep. The more labels we paste on the process level of reality, the more we abstract ourselves away from that reality, a reality which at the most fundamental (and inaccessible) level lies deep within the objects and events of our perceptions. It is wonderful indeed when, at times, our programmed preconceptions and words slip away and we feel some degree of our connection to the natural world as Sara says in her comment.


  3. I heard a saying this week that made me chuckle: β€œDon’t let your studies interfere with your education.” The implication is that our real education is outside of the usual formal channels and must be taken on our own. Of course the real education begins with the learned labels and categories as you so aptly described.


  4. Good to question any assumption!
    I’m by nature an organizer (of things, ideas, words into poems) … yet frequently stumped categorizing files I want to keep as many defy fitting in just one bucket. Likewise with opinions.


  5. I have always had issues with labels and categories too. I mean, if it works for others, i respect that. However, i don’t think it is fair for people to force me to attach labels to my identity unless I genuinely want to. Somehow, a lot of people don’t understand that a person who doesn’t like labels deserves the same amount of respect as someone else who requires labels to survive.


  6. “Go out, appreciate what you see, and breathe and live as if for the first time.” I like that sentence and thinking Tom … I try to always be curious and also be astounded at the beauty and wonderment of nature. I spent Friday and the weekend out in nature, enjoying the perfect weather – I did so much walking and picture-taking I wore myself out, but I was sated with the experience which will carry me long into the week and beyond. I saw some new birdies and am ecstatic about it. Are these lovelies the byproduct of those pretty Robin’s eggs we saw a few weeks ago?


  7. Yes, I constantly try to learn things that were not taught in regular school curriculums. I began questioning teachers about their teaching practices while in ninth grade. I ended up spending a lot of time in the detention room writing “I will not… ” on a chalkboard for questioning their authority. πŸ˜€


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