Belonging Is So Powerful Its Dangerous
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Each of us yearns for the tribe: for the affiliations that will support us, protect us, define us, help us make sense of a complex and overwhelming world. Everyday conversation revolves as much as ever around belonging: Do you use an iPhone or Android? Are you a Millennial or not? The one percent or the ninety-nine?
Belonging is powerful, so powerful it’s dangerous. It includes us but makes us insular. It informs us, but makes us ignorant of other views. Its makes a big world feel small and comfortable, for better and worse.