A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 061, Friday
March 2nd, 2018
Chapter Five: Belonging
For social beings, among the earliest of all personal struggles is the struggle of belonging, fitting in, finding a place.
Belonging has many forms. A social creature will belong to many different societies. The larger and more complex the culture, the greater the number of connections they will have that are determinative of their life.
A person may belong to one group by free association, and to another by the force of compulsion. They might be the leader of one group, and a servant in another. They will belong to groups in which their role is prominent, and in other groups they will be relatively anonymous. They will facilitate the mission of some groups, and they will frustrate the mission of others.
A group or a society may number two people, or trillions, such things are relative.
Apart from the question of social belonging, friendship, family, class, and caste, there is metaphysical belonging, belonging according to the ontology of being, belonging simply because you are, because you have been, and as such, will always be.
This mode of belonging pervades everything. Nothing that happens without you, every moment preceding your existence was a prelude to who you are, every moment that transpires post-instantiation happens with you, because of you.
Every point in time is connected to every other point in time, and every point in space to every other point in space No matter how great the distance between points the relationship is real, it is discernable, such relationships are the foundation of who we are.
We do not belong to the infinite so much as we are the expression of it. We are one, complete-organic-whole.
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