The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.

~Chinese Proverb~

Name calling: Not to excuse it but we all do it

Anytime we slap a negative label on someone we have accomplished three things. First, we have discerned a difference between that person and ourself. Second, we have decided the difference puts the other in a derogatory light. Third, we create an “us” versus “them” situation. Here is where a groundswell of stigma might arise.

If enough people hold the same negative label about someone, or a group of someones, and have enough economic, cultural, social, or political power to give the label discriminatory consequences, what we call stigma is created or sustained.

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