As a species, we taxonomize (give things specific names and relate them to groups). Canis Lupus (wolf). Canis Lupis Familiaris (dog). Rain, torrent, torrential downpour, drizzle, mist. Wheat, oats, rye. Cell, tissue, organ, organ system. The periodic table of the elements, molecules, substances. Music, r&b, rap, soul, jazz, rock, alternative, classical, instrumental, vocal, etc. Heck, we even taxonomize our religions and our colors (as anyone who has ever stared at 1000 colors of white will attest to).
A label is nothing more than a word trying to define something, to taxonomize it. It is *fundamentally* how we define our world and our selves.
The very first thing that we start teaching our children are names. Our names (mama, dada) names for foods (baba, milk) names for actions/ colors/ feelings/ concepts. Through names we learn to interact with our world.
Do we get things wrong? Absolutely. Especially those who are unfamiliar with them.
Take the following parallel:
A person who has never seen wolves before, but has read about them/ heard about them, may see a bunch of huskies running in the snow and think that they're seeing wolves. They're wrong. But that doesn't mean that wolves don't exist.
ADHD runs (skips, hops, slides, & gallops) through my family. It's the *BIGGEST* blessing, and I wouldn't want life any other way:
- The uncle with a double PhD in astrophysics who instead ran his own (immensely successful) adventure gear company for over 30 years and spent 6 months a year kayaking, mountain climbing, skiing, hiking, and in every other way propelling his body around the world. Who, at his eventual death from an avalanche in his 60's had over 500 people at his wake and several PALLETS of Pepsi (because he always had one with him), set up as kind of a shrine.
The thoracic surgeon who still made housecalls, and who also owned a bicycle shop and who taught his daughters, grandaughters, & nieces how to type so they'd never be desperate and hire the "wrong" secretary when they were in a bind (I just love he assumed his female relatives would HAVE secretaries... instead of be them... he was born in 1909)
The NASA engineer/inventor folks, military types, the writers, artists, and professors. The adventurers, explorers, housewives who take 3 kids (2 in diapers) on out-of-country "explores" just to see what the world is like, and all of those in my family who just take a different approach to life than the world at large.
We adhd types are very obvious in some respects. It's a great pity that the modern day schooling system is set up to quash all the gifts of adhd, while bringing out all the negatives. Number one BEST trick for an adhd kid? Instead of medicating them, throw them in a gifted class and give 'em a can of coke (or pepsi ;). ADHD schools are ALMOST indistinguishable from Gifted schools (the two tend to come hand in hand). But they tend to have a lot more physical activity.
ADHD IS massively overdiagnosed, although the world at large is getting better at seeing huskies instead of wolves. In the meantime, while the world sorts itself... we'll continue to play.
Speaking of which... it's time to take "Black Ships Before Troy", and our algebra, and go snowboarding.