And there again, the categorizations. . .We always seem to want to categorize. Sometimes to the point of making others feel excluded. "You are a poet. According to this definition. You are not a poet. According to this definition. You are a dancer. According to this definition. You are not a dancer. Etc
You know, sometimes that pisses me off.
Especially, when people use the words "real" and "true". A real poet... a true poet... a real woman, a true woman, a real man , a true man etc
I can't help it. its as if those words alone are saying, "you're fake, you are a fantasy, you are dishonest. Stop lying to yourself. Moving forward, you are not this. Or vice versa, feel excited you are this. Welcome home my child!"
Whenever I read something like that, I think:
I'm a poet because I write poetry. I'm a writer because I write. I'm not a professional writer nor a professional poet because I don't do either one for a living. The same goes, I'm a cook because I cook. I'm a woman because ... well, that's how I've been defined ever since I remember. Even though, I preferred playing with cars and in the mud and I was told by other people girls don't do that. But I'm a woman because... well, I am into men? Or because I feel like a woman? Lol (but then again, what's a woman?)
I do see the why of the need to categorize or define, though. It's helpful most of the times. For keeping organization and for aiding in the process of communication.
by the way Ben, I have nothing against you. Probably, as you may have notice, I have something against the word "true" in your quote. I can't help it. Sometimes I feel profoundly, and that feeling diminishes my ability to reason until my will takes charge (which takes a long time) and somehow I start assimilating that feeling and then ... I either start feeling sorry for humanity or I move on. I Say "sorry for humanity" because we are extremely ignorant. We don't exactly know what it is truly true. It's saddening and frustrating at the same time.