What would we do without labels?
A label for this, a label for that;
Ah yes, now I know you, here’s your label,
Friend, co-worker, awkward git, good sense of humour;
And how would we shop without labels?
Oh yes, I must have this one, but definitely not that one;
Could our health system function without labels?
Mmmmm, you’re suffering from X, with maybe a touch of Y;
Does knowing lots of labels for things make us more intelligent?
Think educational systems, quiz shows, puzzles galore;
And what if we run out of mental space for our labels?
They must take up huge amounts of mental real estate;
Do our labels stop us from looking any further and so semi-blind us?
Maybe we rely on them too much;
Can you sum up a life, a person, an experience with a label?
Maybe there is a label for that problem too.
© David R. Durham