What is you label?

March 2, 2009

Labels are for cans, not people.
~Anthony Rapp

I was having dinner last night with some friends, and the conversation moved to political stances, neo-hippies labels, and driving cars. Talking about left, centre, and right wings, one of my friends asked me how do I label me. “I am above labels” I answered, “everybody has a label” she replied.

According to one test I took in Facebook, I am a class-3 liberal. The test levels can classified you between a a Class-10 liberal to a Class-10 conservative. But I find more often than not that lot of  people like to put labels on themselves, and those labels, though providing a sense of belonging, limit their ability to think. I find people in the streets that join causes just because they are liberal, or because they are perceived as “just”, without further thinking. Can you be a liberal and a conservative at the same time? Can you be a leftist with a brain, and a rightist with a heart? Let’s ask ourselves the following questions:

  • Can you be pro gay marriage but against abortion?
  • Can you be socially liberal but fiscally conservative?
  • Can you support the efforts in Afghanistan but be against the Iraq campaign?
  • Can you give money to the World Wildlife Foundation while hoping that the guys at Greenpeace get soon real jobs?
  • Do you support welfare programs but are against a big government?
  • Can you drive a car but at the same time be an ecologist?
  • Do you think that a biker that rides on the side walk, run red lights, and go against traffic is actually worse person than a driver that obey the law?
  • Can you support genetically enhanced crops and still think that organic crops have a place on the market?
  • Can you be a meatarian but support vegans?
  • Can you work on Bay St (Canada’s Wall St) and still support the ideals of Mohammed Yunus about banking to the poor?

If you answer to YES to more than three questions, I welcome you to the unease world of thinkers that do not know all the answers, but actually may make a difference. The world is more complex than simple labels make us think!

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Right Clash Left, Right Clash death

October 2, 2006

Where did they throw our dead?
Where did they toss our dead?
Where the shit did they throw our dead?
Elena Poniatowska

Right clash with Left. Right clash with death. I posted before what happened Sep 11, 1973, when intolerant left clashed with intolerant right. Today is one more anniversary of another massacre that happened when the conservative government of Mexico tried to advert the demonstration of students involved in the same world movement than those students in the May of Paris or those demonstrating against the Vietnam War in USA.

June, 22, 1968, the police intervined in a conflict between students from highschools Vocacional 2 and Issac Ochoterena, in Mexico City. The brutally of the intervention shifted the students’ demonstrations against the Mexican Government, headed by Gustavo Díaz Ordaz. The movement grouped students and workers from unions and non-unions. The evening of October the 2nd, 4,000 people gather in Tlatelolco to demonstrate against the oppressive government. The Olimpia elite group was sent by the government to infiltrate the group and to detain the heads of the movement. Policemen were on the roof of the surrounding high rises with orders to shoot the students.

As the demonstration went on, 8,000 members of the Mexican Army surrounded the plaza. One helicopter flew over the crowd, firing a light as a signal to start the massacre. The attack started at 18:10 and lasted two hours. The soldiers and policeman started shooting against the multitude. The dawn of October the 3rd, the plaza was cleaned of bodies, but the mark of blood was everywhere. Díaz Ordaz stated that the death toll was more than 30 but less than 40, meanwhile, journalist from USA calculated 150.

Least we forget October the 2nd.