I am going to label myself. I am a gay atheist. Yes, it is a label. I like having this label. And I do not mind if others have labels. I actually want to see those labels. What would happen if we didn't have them? And yet many refuse to accept them or want them.

I want to know if people are of the same ilk as myself. Personally, I don't want to be groping around in a dark room, full of people without labels, in fear that I would grab something that I did not want to grab or grope. There really is nothing wrong with having a label.

I would much rather be warned ahead of time, of someone's label to better prepare myself for the meeting, or whatever it is that we might be doing to have such an encounter. Would you rather know nothing about someone that you might not like or know a little about them, with their label so you know what to expect.

Yes, I suppose you can pre-judge with these labels, but I still believe they are necessary. Just think of all the places you use labels. Are you M or F ? A label. Gay or Strait? A label? Religious or Atheist? Labels. 

I want to know if my future mate is compatible with me and that means he needs to be labeled as well. Without getting too graphic, I can only imagine being set up on a blind date..without that label on the date and knowing nothing about them. 

I am a Gay Atheist. I like my label.

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Comment by James Cox on July 29, 2014 at 5:40pm

Which one are you?

One test I took twice over a ten year period implied that I was one of the 'Scientist, Inventor, Architect' types. Sadly I scored so high that I stood out like an elephant in the room.

Comment by Unseen on July 29, 2014 at 7:26pm

Doer. Thinker. Creator. Helper. Persuader. Organizer.

Which one are you?

Doer/Pesuader

Comment by Unseen on July 29, 2014 at 7:28pm

Before graduating from high school, I took a test designed to help me decide what career path to follow. It pointed me in the direction of being a minister/priest. So, I majored in philosophy and lost my faith.

Comment by James Cox on July 30, 2014 at 2:17pm

@ Unseen:

A truly utilitarian result, and maybe even predictable.

Comment by Davis Goodman on August 6, 2014 at 9:02pm

@ Erock.

Totally. Turns out the test is a total sham. Even though it is used by government agencies and major corporations the tests have no basis in empirical study, research, testing or analysis. 50 years on and major hiring decisions are based on this crockery. And people identify themselves using these fake labels. Throw out some random labels, or the labels generated by a handful of people and you'll get followers who claim they are one of these "types" even though such a type doesn't even exist.

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