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CHAT: Labelling, (was Race etc, (was PC terminology etc))

From:Daniel Baisden <alomian1@...>
Date:Monday, January 11, 1999, 9:28
 James E. Hopkins wrote, in my opinion correctly, on the 26th of December,

>The feeling of aversion to "labeling" is interesting considering that (in my >admittedly non-expert) opinion that is exactly what all language is: Labeling >for the purpose of making distinction.
>I only use the word "derevush" (Druni for "tree") only to distinguish it from >"soboneri" (Druni for "computer"). If there were no need for distinguishing >the two there would be no need for labeling and hence no need for language.
>As language-lovers we should explore that a little more.
What then lies in this aversion to labeling. I have it to; I even tear labels off clothing. I resist being typed. I like store brand groceries, usually. I think it applies to personification. I am me. Categorize me and you are not referring to me any more, but to some deliberately vague representation of me. It is...a violent order. This empty can on my desk once held cranberry sauce. Sure it was Whole Berry. But the brand doesn't enter into it. Who cares what the brand was? And I live in a town that is about half black and half white. Color becomes useful when trying to describe someone to someone else. There is a whole cacophonous symphony of other references and knowledge that goes with the racial elements here. But a friend is a friend is a friend. And there is no labeling that. "The Tao that can be named is not the true Tao. The name that can be named is not the Eternal Name. Everything in the universe comes out of Nothing. Nothing - the nameless - is the beginning;" Sometimes names have uses. Indeed we converse and share and entertain with them. And we also injure shame and anger with them, Sometimes. So there is a time to label, to name, even to play at naming. And there is a time to be silent, ......, to shut up. 479 letters to go ! Dan Baisden - A. A violet order is disorder, and B. A great disorder is an order. These Two things are one. (Pages of illustrations.)
>From "A Connoisseur of Chaos" by Wallace Stevens