It allows the labeler to put the labelee into a nice, tight, manageable compartment - one that usually has little relationship to reality.
That is why I'm always surprised that people are so eager to self label.
"I'm an anarchist."
"I'm an anarcho liberal."
"I'm a paleo neocon."
I guess it gives people a sense of identity.
It even gives the other-labelers a sense of identity, by contrast.
"OMG! You're a paleo neocon! You guys suck!"
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. - Krishnamurti.
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