TAKE 12 April Collaboration - BELONG.
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Today I decided to write to you, even though I had spoken to you only moments ago . . .
I thought it would be quite something to put pen to paper, taking my time to choose the colour of the ink and the texture of the paper . . . why did I decide to write it instead of speaking to you about it, becauce I thought it would be quite another thing for you to be able to read my thoughts, just incase you might forget.
While I was talking to you I went to the hills, I took my time to walk there, meandering through overgrown streets and dirt paths, a new distraction around every tree, and then I finally happened upon a place. A secret place where I felt free to write what had occupied my mind during my walk. When I sat down I decided to draw a sketch, fortunately it tells less lies than my words, yet it requires some explanation to give it a sense of belonging . . . and you see, ths is exactly my thought. What belongs to what . . . does the ink belong to the paper with every word I write, or does the paper belong to the ink . . . They told me that every line I draw has a meaning, but does the meaning belong to the line on the paper or to my hand and the intention of drawing that line . . .
I`ve been thinking about this for some time. I`ve been thinking about what it means and why I can`t think of any way to make sense of it. Indeed to belong to something, it means you are the property of that something or someone. I don`t see how the paper belongs to the ink now that I`ve written these words or in fact that the ink belongs to the paper. For me, neither one is now the property of the other. Rather I see a partnership, a closeness and perhaps even a kinship between the paper and the ink, or have I misconstrued things?
The way I see it, is that you can only belong to something or someone when you choose to do so, of course I understand that life is not all bubbles and rainbows and that some people "belong" to others because of slavery and criminal activities ect. That is not a choice.
There are songs written and books puplished with individuals proclaiming they belong to another, others state with overt confidence that you cannot belong to another, and others search for a place or community to belong . . .
Is it then human need "to belong", to be owned in order to not feel alone or weak . . . furthermore is it then an emotion or feeling or a need to satisfy a void . . . Personally this seems more than a need of belonging, to be part of something bigger than just you alone. Can the need for belonging be a feeling based on your emotional state of mind, a longing for a community that makes you feel safe and appreciated? I think so, I think what I`m trying to say is that I think "to belong" and "belonging" are different things we have come to see as one, like the ink on paper is only seen as the letter.
I think those who want to belong are actually searching for a sense of belonging, and that when I say my life belongs to Him, for me it means I try to live my life in accordance to His will and He has set before me my life path which I choose to follow.
Of course this is my attempt at making sense of this question and I will probably ask it a million times more in a million different ways, but at least now I have this thought on paper . . . maybe now I won`t forget.
In any event I will speak to you soon, perhaps when you join me on my walk back to the city . . .
My regards . . .
Written by Celeste
GIOCA Candidate, University of Bologna
Master of Arts Managaement Candidate