Reduce Stigma: Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say

November 19, 2014 7:48 PM

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Stigma is a word that comes to us directly from its greek origin, originally meaning 'a mark made by a pointed instrument.' In a more modern definition, that "mark" is a label or diagnosis that defines the person and is inherently negative or shameful, In botany, stigma denotes the part of a flower that accepts the pollen. I want to take this image and offer that we can use stigma more true to this definition, as the part of the organism that can accept the pollen or inspiration.

Through reducing the negative, shameful and dishonoring messages so commonly spread via stigma, we can offer instead more viable pollination which hopefully will mature into fruits of dignity.

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