By Lisa Goudy
Labels, no matter how harmless they appear to be, are a waste of time.
Terms like jock, geek, goth, cheerleader, nerd or loner are a few examples. This type of classification is, sadly, used quite
commonly in our society.
If someone labels someone else as any of those stereotypes as a way to categorize them, it can be hurtful to the person you’re
labeling. Everyone is more than just one thing. For instance, it’s OK for a so-called jock to love music.
In the book Divergent by Veronica Roth, an example of extreme categorization gone wrong, a character states, “We’ve all started
to put down the virtues of the other factions in the process of bolstering our own. I don’t want to do that. I want to be
brave, and selfless, and smart, and honest.”