Naming Is the Origin

Labeling People

The first page of the Tao Te Ching includes this quote:

"Naming is the origin of all particular things".

Humans like to label each other and themselves. "I am this", "you are that", "she believes this", "he is a follower of that". We form groups. We imagine our groups as better than other groups. This all is convenient and it helps humans to navigate the World. And, it is sometimes easy to forget, however, that these labels are approximations. They are models, they are abstractions. They sometimes can divide, they can sometimes create boundaries or barriers, between ourselves and what is actually happening. What life is, is what life is.  Its a changing, dynamic, continuously evolving experience. There is something special about And.