When I wrote this article, I was totally unaware of the imminent release of the excellent documentary Disclosure, directed by Sam Feder and produced by Laverne Cox and Amy Scholder. I most strongly recommend that you watch this important and powerful film. The timing of this is amazingly coincidental to the heart of my article, which makes me feel really good about the things that I have written, reinforcing my ideas and beliefs.

It started when you were born

As far back in history as you would like to go, there have been divisions of groups of people, based upon their wealth, religion, social position, race or colour. It has become a worldwide accepted way throughout all cultures across time and nothing new. As such, each of us identifies with one or more of these Tagged goups in relation to who and what we are; a political choice, where we live, our social status etc. Becoming a ‘natural’ thing to doJust that I am describing as natural is slightly unsettling in my mind.

Do we need tags?

What does being Tagged achieve for us who are invisibly labelled by them? A sense of belonging, maybe of achievement, professionally or otherwise? I’m sure they can help or hinder us throughout our lifetime; although they are not chosen by us, yet imposed by circumstances that are simply translated into a Tag by the location of your birth or your parent’s social position, one that is already defined by society. I would bold enough to suggest that tags are hold a power able to damage or render us ineffective with future prospects in life diminished to levels of impossibilitiesKeeping us neatly confined within the parameters of our Tags.

We are entering an era that no generation before us has experienced or encountered. However, taking a positive perspective on this, we are in bad need of many global changes to stop the destruction and extinction of so much life on this planet. Sadly, I am not feeling that the forces in play have quite the same outlook for our future as I would hope for. I am holding onto a glimmer of optimism, that we the people this world may be able to unite against the malevolent forces that have brought humanity to this point. An overwhelming obsession of wealth and greed with a general disregard for the wellbeing of people and life has dragged us along this path. One that many have blindly followed in good faith. 

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We will never stop progress and nor should we, but there are key factors that should concern us greatly about our collective future. What and how things are managed and controlled with due care and consideration, with empathy and love, for the benefit of all life in this world.

I wish that I could broadcast this message with the same power held by the media

Broadcast with the persistence and regularity of the present pandemic warnings that have been pumped out relentlessly across every form of media. Conditioning people that they need to comply without questioning anything. Simply do as you told or be punished! What they need to do is take in a huge breath of fresh air, open their eyes and look deeper into our history and what is going on right now and has been for a very long time.

Leaders and governments are elected to serve and represent the people who elected and trusted them, not to be suppressed or controlled in uncaring ways. Shouldn’t they be obligated to demonstrate care, compassion and concern for all people and all lifeIs feels to me, that this shouldn’t be a question that should have to ask!

My personal message 

To my fellow citizens of Earth, this is a time like no other. A time that we need to come together for all of our futures and for the generations who will follow us. We have a duty to ourselves and to our children. Is there really anything that more important or of value in our brief interaction in this physical world?

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I began this journey the day I opened my eyes for the very first time. I found this site at a time when I needed support more than any other point in my life. I had chosen to transition after years of internal turmoil, failing to be able understand or accept who and what I was. My life moved on at a pace that I found hard to deal with at times, but I managed. Living alone in the South West of France life was far from simple or easy then. Then, I discovered this oasis online, finding love, understanding and support unequalled to anything I have previously come across. Dare I suggest, my other family! So, why return after leaving about two years back? At the point, my life was changing dramaticaly, everything I had believed, understood and built my life around, up until that point, changed almost overnight. I am very settled in my life now living as a woman, with friends and a social life, all while being the happiest I have been. I am in the medical system here after overcoming many obstacles, now with the hope of surgery very soon to complete my transition. I have returned here in the hope that my experiences and knowledge can be of help to others in this community. When very young, I dreamed of being a girl, going to bed at night hoping I would awake as a girl. After realising that wasn't going to happen, I shut down that wish and lived a repressed existence from that day. It took a lifetime of unintentionally hurting myself and others, regretfully! Perhaps the one true regret of my life!

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T.J. Byron
2 years ago

Great article, Sophie.
My wife and I are active in Social Justice. My wife is Afro- American.
She invol ved in her issues, me involved in more LGBTQ issues as a CDer.
She in her late 60’s and me in my mid 70’s, we have both seen much change in many social issues.
Thank you for your great piece.

Veronica Vera
2 years ago

Excellent piece, Sophie. What you are talking about here is citizenship, a topic that is on my mind and the minds of many. Tags are useful when to achieve rights or goals within a particular group, but then we need raise our goals and embrace our power, drop our fear and be citizens of the world so we an create the world we want. I, too, like Dr. TJ am a proud social justice warrior. Here in NYC I belong to a great community at Judson Memorial Church, a bastion for social justice and the arts. About a year ago… Read more »

June (Rei) Durden
Active Member
1 year ago

Thank you for sharing this article and I will absolutely check out the documentary you have recommended. It fills me hope every time I come across another person with so much love and passion for the world we live in.
I found to CDH to help me come to terms with Rei and have found an entire community of like minded people to share, learn and grow with.

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