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No. 10 Belonging

10: belonging - no-one can grow into a healthy person if they do not belong anywhere.

The earth has been sold to the highest bidder and we are sold to them as units of energy. That's capitalism. It could also be communism or fascism. globalization, or simply the system. Whatever you call it, it is the exploitation of life for profit.

We can only belong to the degree we serve the system. We are "its" as Martin Buber pointed out. Atomized as George Monbiot points out.

The extent to which we have internalized our worth in terms of job description or position is the extent to which we are oppressed.

Belonging is a life long struggle to find worth in our selves through family and community, and our discomfort with this reveals a deep and lasting homelessness.

Yes we can go shopping as long as we have a job. We can buy a home as long as we have a sufficient salary. We can own a home but it can be taken away because we just purchased the land where our house sits, but someone who can purchase an army can move us off it. Someone who can purchase a government can rewrite the laws to make us refugees.

The only belonging we have is that of the sentient being that dwells here, and the only power we possess is what comes from a love for life.


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