Belonging Essay

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Every individual has the potential to enrich/challenge a community or group. As individual’s we are not limited to just singularly enriching or challenging a community of group. Our role is not definitive; there is not a concrete set of parameters that must be adhered to, thus, our impact on a community or group is multi-layered. Individually we all have an ability to govern our contribution and influence on a community or group, which is determined by the way in which we perceive, and more importantly, act upon our personal views of a communities or groups’ systems, values and principles. Ultimately, every individual has the capacity to synonymously enrich and challenge a community or group. Moreover, they do not have to challenge a group per se, but can accompany this challenging of conformity with enriching the community, making it better off and richer and adding value to it from their involvement. Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It,’ Jim Loach’s ‘Oranges and Sunshine’ and Armin Greder’s ‘The Island’ convey how individuals have this potential and choose to act accordingly due to personal beliefs, morals, consequences or even unknowingly.

JACQUES
* When an individual challenges a group, it can be by the ways they do not fit in with the others, or upset the norm or make the group adjust, adapt and grow in order to accommodate the ‘different’ individual; ultimately enriching the community. * Jacques is quintessential of the notion that an individual can enrich a community or group through challenging its normalcy. He is unique in the sense that he chooses to detach himself from both the forest and court. * Essentially, he acts on his potential to challenge social normalcy and the status quo by rendering himself devoid of any affiliation to these communities, instead belonging to a ‘melancholy of my own.’ In doing so, he is minutely fastidious in the way in which he examines and scrutinizes the human condition; thus, by challenging these groups and communities, he, albeit not intentionally, enriches the groups and communities. * He provides his contention from an unbiased and objective position being detached from any community; thus, the stark facts of humanity. E.g. Jacques most acclaimed words in his ‘7 ages of man,’ he explains ‘the world’s a stage.’ * By providing a commentary on the superficiality and shallow nature of man, and also suggesting that our growth has ironically eventuated in a ‘second childhood,’ he provides the community with its pitfalls and imperfections, he adds value and making it better off; thus, enriching the group. Essentially he provides information on the way in which society can improve its condition, providing the opportunity for social growth and development by exposing its tragic shortcomings, and ultimately, the entire community is better off and richer Jacques providing exposing these shortcomings. * Thus, Jacques epitomizes the notion that individual are not confined to either challenging or enriching a community or group, but possess the capacity to achieve both extremities.

ORLANDO
* In some cases, individuals have the propensity to first challenge a community or group’s social norms and contrived systems in order to induce long-term enrichment. * Orlando, in his plight to achieve fairness challenges the conformity of an obsolete court value system and disturbs the natural order. In doing so, he establishes a paradigm to which others can follow, by not being suppressed by notions of conformity; thus, enriching community. * In his plight to gain rightful inheritance to his father’s wealth, admits “I have as much as my father in me as you,’ and explains ‘the spirit of my father grows strong in me, and I will no longer endure it.’ His father’s spirit acts as a metaphor for his incessant desire to challenge the social norms of the court, namely the concept of primogeniture, to achieve a more equitable community; thus, enriching the court. *...
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