Belonging: Understanding How We Grow to Relish Our Sense of Belonging

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Belonging: Understanding How We Grow to Relish Our Sense of Belonging "It is only once we leave the familiarity of our own world that we come to an appreciation and understanding of the importance of belonging," that's how the saying goes. But, is it actually true? Can we not define our sense of belonging until we have a longing for it? It is an interesting concept, especially in a world so threatened by images of the other, who threatens the ideology behind our group ideology. In a world that is not our own, can we ever feel like we belong? Innate in human nature is the need to survive. Like a pack, hunting for the next meal, we have established groups out of this primal necessity. With thousands of years of group mentality dominating our consciousness, it has seemed to sink in. What we have always known comforts us in an otherwise uncertain world. It is a reminder of a past that has helped shape who we are. In this, the individual undoubtedly feels some sense of connection to the group which fostered his or her development through the years. Within our social world, we know what to do how to act. There, we can bloom like a dew covered flower in the earliest morning sunlight. We feel comfortable with the familiar. We know that thumbs up means "OK," and not some profane obscenity. We know what's coming much more than if blinded in an expansive void, light years from home. This structures the overall comfort of the group in trusting what they know, recognizing the

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