I made it safely to Blytheville, Arkansas this afternoon and am settling down for the night. On the way I was listening to some talks on Taoism and physics, and the above quote from semanticist Alfred Korzybski came up. At the moment I heard it, I was driving through Indiana. I glanced at the GPS screen on the dash and saw that, as helpful as that schematic was, it bore scant resemblance to the scenery outside the car windows.
The scenery didn't look like that photo, either, obviously!
The same can be said about lots of things, like the labels we put on people. The labels I put on people. Maybe the labels they put on themselves, for that matter. The labels we put on ourselves.
I immediately saw how other people need to realize this, but it took a bit longer to see that I have a lot to learn about it, too.
Maybe for the rest of my drive to Texas, I will just listen to a murder mystery.