Example of theses or lines of Arguments
•Our life experiences teach us that when you stop trying to belong you realize that you have always belonged. •We search for a place to belong, not realizing that it is our perceptions and attitudes and not the place that allow us to belong. Notions of identity (Ideas)
When your cultural identity is marginalized you can feel displaced and dislocated, and believe that you don't belong to your culture or the dominant culture. •Our search for who we are is fueled by a need to find a place in the world where we belong. Relationships
•The need to belong to a group of community shapes our behavior, attitudes and actions. •An individual has the potential to damage relationships and ensure that others do not belong. •When humanity experiences a strong (spiritual) connection to a place the notion of belonging is strength - ENED and ENRICHED. •When our relationship with a place is shaped by a narrow and biased view of the world, our notion of belonging can be questionable. Acceptance
•The basic human need to be accepted and belong can cloud our judgments and direct our actions. Understanding
•When we begin to understand the forces that drive us to belong we develop empathy for others and personal insight.
Belonging is about connections made with people, places, groups, communities and the larger world. A sense of belong is a fundamental need. As Kofi Annan says, “ We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race”. The oxford dictionary defines the word belong as be a member, fit in a specified environment, not be out of place.' The need to 'fit in', to belong with others is common to all humanity, crossing all geographical and cultural boundaries. The need to ‘fit in’ to belong with others is common to all humanity crossing all geographical and cultural boundaries. Perceptions of belonging are shaped...