Pigeon-holing is laziness.
It stops you having to think.
You don’t have to challenge your ideas
Or search for the missing link.
The herd mentality
Like to reinforce those labels
With uniforms and badges
That get stuck to lapels.
Everything is neat and tidy –
Individualist and freak –
Slotting into little holes
Like the days of yesterweek.
But nobody fits into those patterns
Like they were all mindless fools,
Or kids deprived of schools.
Each one of us is totally unique,
A law unto themselves,
Not the stereotyped person
You wish to seek.
So listen to what they might have to share
And weigh up their words with great care.
You might learn something;
It might make you think.
There is a laziness involved with stereotyping people – we no longer see them as people! They become two-dimensional objects without personality or views. They are merely seen as numbers to slot into a hole. They can be ignored, ridiculed and cast aside. Their opinions are of no consequence. They are no longer real people, with real views. They are just a cardboard cut-out.
But we are all different. We all have views. We are all important.