Belonging. Currently, it's all the rage. Literally and figuratively.
What does it mean to belong? Who should belong? What constitutes belonging? Are you born with it? Can you earn it? Buy it? Be awarded it or have it bestowed upon you? Why would someone want to belong or not want to belong? How long should belonging be withheld from someone who wants to belong? What should it cost to belong? Physically? Financially? Chronologically? Psychologically?
In our public discourse waged in the media (social, digital, and print), we obfuscate the issue with terms like immigration and naturalization and derivation (gain citizenship through birth). But what we're really discussing is who belongs and who doesn't. The rest of the conversation centers around which arbitrary criteria we use to either include or exclude certain peo