Human beings are wired for the need to connect and belong. This fundamental aspect of human nature dates back to the beginning of our existence when tribes, in order to survive, shared roles and resources, each person having a purpose and the ability to contribute. The intrinsic web of human-ship, belonging and purpose centers on the symbiotic relationship of self and other; we are accountable for our individual growth while witnessing and nourishing others through theirs.
Today, the world presents us with unique and complex threats, challenges and means of suffering that can easily result in feelings of isolation, unworthiness, and abandonment. By acknowledging the harmful and stunting ways we can be impacted by these feelings and their companions – depression, anxiety and loneliness – we must work on building structures of acceptance, inclusion and purpose.