Labels matter more than they should

Christian Dixie
Staff Writer

Judging someone’s personality can be almost as bad as judging them by their outside appearance. You may not know what they go through in their personal life, but there are people in this world that don’t care what you go through.

“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” That is what Martin Luther King Jr. said, but is judging someone by their character going too far?

An example of judging someone by their personality could be, “He’s so immature,” or “She needs to better herself.” This could be considered constructive criticism, but it depends on whether they can tolerate what’s been said.

Shedding light on this rarely talked about topic because all labeling is wrong. A person could use personality labeling to make themselves feel more superior than another person.

We shouldn’t judge people by character because you don’t know what that person is going through. You may not even know how they developed that personality. Even if you know what they’ve been through you may not have a complete understanding of what they went through.

For example, if someone were to cry a lot, you may label their personality as “sensitive”, but really, they may have lost a loved one or are going through family issues behind the scenes.

So please, try not to judge people by their character. It will hurt their feelings and give them painful reminders of what they had to go through to get to today. Look for the good inside of their personality and help them, be their friend. You wouldn’t want somebody to judge you because of your character, would you?


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