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The Mindful Entrepreneur

Why Can’t Girls be Boy Scouts? – Fear & Labelling

Categories: Fears & Anxieties - Freedom

So earlier, I was watching a video where Madge was dressed as a boy scout, but conveying her upset that she wasn’t actually allowed to be a boy scout. Now that might sound like a rudimentary and obvious thing – it’s called “Boy Scouts”, therefore, why should she be allowed to join?

But you see, there-in is the problem. The problem is that someone else, presumably the person who started scouts originally back in the dark ages, deemed it unsuitable for girls to join in with the boy scouts. Maybe his view (and without research, I’m assuming HE) was that girls weren’t good enough to join the boys, or perhaps they didn’t like doing what boys did, or even that they wouldn’t be able to participate. Maybe it was due to social pressures at the time. Normally it’s due to fear. People who regularly subscribe to fear will often do all that they can to oppose, reject and oppress their fears, this has always happened, and continues to happen in abundance to this day

But anyway, girls can’t join the boy scouts. But why not? Just because someone has a view that they can’t? Well screw them! I mean, I know it’s an organisation and as an organisation it has the right to dictate it’s own rules. But those rules just seem plain wrong. If a girl wants to join the boy scouts, then why the hell should’t she? What harm will she do, other than upset a few people who “fear a girl uprising”, or something to that effect at least.

Ultimately it’s about time that labels were banished altogether. Yes, even labels of gender, except when they are entirely appropriate, although, even then, appropriateness should be flexible and pliable.

Labels, pigeon holing, stereotyping, whatever you want to call it, is the problem with almost everything that happens in this world. It’s inexplicably tied to fear – that’s often why people use labels; because they’re scared of an individual or a group of people that don’t hold their opinion, or seem different to them, so they throw a label at it, to help them deal with it. When in fact, what they need to do, is deal with themselves, and learn to accept everything that is outside of their control; Accept it and ultimately embrace it. Once you do that, you quickly move from the side of fear to the side of love. And when it comes down to it, there is ultimately, only Love or Fear.

The world would be a much brighter place, if more people chose to accept their fears and embrace the love. Fear is linked strongly to denial, and acceptance to love. Once you begin to fear & deny, you exacerbate the problem in your own mind, leading to inner anger, and hatred. Acceptance paves the opposite way.

Labels

Think about different types of labels for a second…
Racism – labelling
Religion – labelling differences between views (who cares?! People can believe what the hell they want, as long as they don’t try and impose it on others – which again is a type of fear and rejection of difference).
Sexuality – labelling
Class – labelling
Unemployed – labelling
Gender – labelling
Diet (i.e. Vegan, gluten free) – labelling

Every difference, arises through the fear of the unknown, which leads to labelling, and often other associated derogatory terms. This labelling helps to cover people’s fear or ignorance, but it’s not dealing with the problem, people! It’s simply creating a bigger one – and normally for the individual who is casting the label, rather than the other way around.

Ultimately, everyone is an individual, and when you get to a point where you only see OTHER INDIVIDUALS, rather than a label, you become free, everything becomes better, and the world becomes better, even if it’s just one person at a time. It doesn’t matter, because every individual counts and every individual is as important as the next.

If you’ve heard of the butterfly effect, you’ll understand why. You’ll also understand that people who don’t agree with that point of view have a lot of mind opening to do before they reach your level of understanding and wisdom. You might even get labelled “Weird”, but then with your knowledge, will that matter? Nope, not in the slightest.

(Note: I apologise for any lack of cohesion, grammar or spelling in this article – I wrote it very quickly, without editing as part of the 500 words per day challenge)

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About the author: I’m the Founder of Own the Web (aka. Mindful Marketeer), & I’m passionate about helping good causes, local & small businesses grow by bringing clarity to situations. I do this through my work at Own the Web, whilst practising mindfulness & blogging about it here. Other quick facts also include I’m a vegan, an individualist, equality champion & a mindful free thinker. Connect with me on Twitter or Peter Leigh on Google+.