This is at the heart of the American condition of ethnic and racial origins and the striving towards authenticity as well as the wish for belonging to a culture with older–even ancient– traditions, to belong to something larger than ourselves, but acceptance may be the only personally believable indicator of belonging. And yet: “Why is it important to share these feelings and in a way “come clean” about something that could be perceived in a negative way? Because odds are, someone is feeling the same way. And believe it or not, it is possible to develop feelings of connection through rejection.”


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