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Belonging Essay

  • Submitted by: mariastav
  • on February 12, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,408 words

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“I’m trying to make a case for people who don’t have the sense of belonging that they should have, that there is something really worthwhile in having a sense of belonging.”

Imagine yourself in a foreign land. You have no idea where you are or who to turn to. Your new surroundings make you feel out of place.   Imagine feeling like that for thirty days…or sixty days…or more. How are you coping? Are you sleeping well? What is your mood? My bet is that you are falling apart; That you are spiralling out of control. You want to be logical about all of this, but reason has taken a back seat to longing.

“I’m trying to make a case for people who don’t have the sense of belonging that they should have, that there is something really worthwhile in having a sense of belonging.” An individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can limit or enrich their experience of belonging. Belonging can emerge from the connections made with people, groups or community. It is something we all feel whether we mean to or not. This belonging gives us an attachment to other people or things and we can gain other certain feelings such as security, happiness, pride, sense of value and acceptance by others as social human beings. It gives us an awareness of identity and builds our self-confidence and self-esteem as we feel part of something bigger. There are also implications for not belonging, our inability to connect can lead to isolation, alienation, vulnerability and dislocated from society. By increasing their understanding of themselves and the world around them an individual can limit or enrich their experience of belonging.   These universal experiences are explored through the poetry of Peter Skrzynecki’s “Immigrant Chronicle”, in particular, Migrant Hostel where barriers limited the migrant’s experience of belonging and Feliks Skrzynecki which portrays the father and son’s contrasting experiences to belonging in a new land.   Sean Penn’s 2007 film Into the Wild also...

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