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The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

How often do you think about the way you treat others, and how do you determine the worth of those you see? This quote makes a bold statement, the author seems to be saying the actions of others are defined by the way they are viewed. While I don’t fully agree with the idea that a persons portrayal defines their actions, I do believe in what is called a self fulfilling prophecy. A self fulfilling prophecy is a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, for example constantly calling somebody a “bad person” my eventually cause them to yield the behaviors of a “bad person.” I agree that treating everyone with respect will create a happier society, but in order to treat others with respect, we must try to understand others without labels. This society is bent on individuality, and unfortunately the idea of individuality always comes with the conformity that is societal labels. I like to see each person as a unique individual, but in this time of heightened personal awareness people seem to want to be unique together, which makes very little sense. The labels people make in order to define themselves often become the confines by which others use to judge them. I don’t think we will ever come to a point in which labels are no more, but I would love to see all people treated fairly. The basic gist of this quote is to treat everyone with respect, so they can in turn become respectable people, and we would all be able to live in a respectable society.