“Is he down?”
Growing up in North Jersey and later in Miami, that’s the question I would occasionally hear as people searched to understand what’s up with the new kid.
Looking back, what they really wanted to know was:
- Should we accept him?
- Does he accept us?
- Does he fit?
- Or is he a misfit? misfit. misfit…
Makes ya wonder: Am I, are you, are we…misfits?
Dr. Brené Brown, Social Work Researcher and Professor at the University of Houston, suggested in her popular TEDx Talk that:
“(Human) connection is why we’re here. Connection is what it’s all about. It’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives. The ability to feel connected is neurobiologically…why we are here…Shame is the fear of disconnection.*”
So if the point is to connect, what connects us? Is it our race, religion, ethnicity or any of the host of ways we organize, slice, dice, label and segment…
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