Sunday, November 6, 2011

Don't Let People Label You

While in 10th grade my Social Studies teacher gave the class a test that was to determine what social class we belonged to.  What a terrible thing to do.  Everyone knew what so-called class you supposedly were and he did not follow it up with any good feed back or what any of it really meant.  It only pointed out whether you were poor, or rich, and stereotyped many in the class to give fuel to separating kids even more.  That is if the kids answered truthfully.  The test was based on answering a series of questions and those questions giving certain points that needed to be added up (the higher the score, the higher your class).  Over 50 years later, I still remember some of the questions like how much is your families income, how much education did your father have, how many people are in your family, etc.  The classes where broken down into upper class, lower upper class, upper middle class, middle class, lower middle class, upper lower class, lower class.  I scored upper lower class.  I laughed it off and said at least I was upper lower.  I look back now and thank God that I was upper lower because of all the lessons and blessings that came with little money, a large family and a dad who loved us even though he only completed the 6th grade.  Your station is life is determined by you.  Take pride in who you are, where you came from and be true to yourself.  Also, don't label other people.

Be happy and God bless you.

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