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Are you a vegetarian? 

A teetotaler?

An extrovert?


A binary answer to these and many more labels that we associate our identities with leaves us wanting to clarify better. 

For instance, I often tell people I'm largely a vegetarian but occasionally have meat, especially when I'm traveling and the dish is a local delicacy that one ought to try.

A binary identity is easy to comprehend and easy to make sense of.

But true empathy begins with understanding the non-binary nature of our identities.

PS: Non-binary is generally used as an umbrella term for gender identities, but applying the question to other aspects of our identity helped me empathise better with the gender and sexual identity as well.

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