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February 21, 2011 / alunatunes

Johnny Depp and Labels

“They stick you with those names, those labels-“rebel” or whatever; whatever they like to use. Because they need a label they need a name. They need something to put the price tag on the back of.”- Johnny Depp

Renegade, rebel, bad boy, problem actor has been on Johnny Depp’s label. But perseverance and talent  brought Depp beyond negative labeling and now he is Disney star, award-winning actor, father, husband and humanitarian.

We spend much time and effort and even cash figuring out labels and pigeonholes. A good PR person will tell you it’s necessary to have a niche and identify your business market: people with the same label. If you’re a family oriented company selling baby food, the label on those you seek to purchase your product don’t include twenty something single males. 

Labels are convenient. They immediately allow us to know where we stand. But what if, as an experiment, we dropped the labeling of peers, friends, family and customers and thought of them simply as spirits in human form having learning experiences in this world of pop quizes and constant tests?

There are those who believe the here and now is simply a dream. Your dream is not the same as the dreams of others, so there are collisions of concepts about how the world should be. The labels we attach to people, things, and experiences may be the exact things that are keeping us from having a continuing and  enlightening experience as we navigate the world and our relationships.

Forgo labels today and adopt an open mind free of pigeonholes and niches. Instead of labeling the tattooed and pierced girl sitting next to you on the plane as unapproachable and weird, try talking to her instead. The labels of odd, strange, and dark may simply be unique, friendly and full of light.

Take the label off the human vessel and discover the spirit within.


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