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State of Belonging
No one can better explain the value and necessity of belonging than Canada’s 26th Governor General Adrienne Clarkson.
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October 1, 2016
Alternatives Journal

IS IT EASIER for us to embrace “belonging” if we know who doesn’t belong? Can we respect someone – let them belong – even if we don’t particularly like them?

Canada’s 26th Governor General Adrienne Clarkson lectures at the University of Waterloo in June 2016. Photo courtesy of Tomasz Adamski and The KWCF.

Enigmas such as these run through an interview with Adrienne Clarkson, but so does her optimism. Canada’s former Governor General is passionate about her message that the state of belonging isn’t a finite concept  – we’re not going to run out of it if we build a country where all of us feel we truly belong. And practicing inclusion is not about liking someone.

“Society isn’t built upon people liking each other,” Clarkson says. “It is built around the fact that everybody is a human being and deserves the same treatment and respect that you do. They have the right to live just as you do, and therefore life and society has to be organized around them just as it is around you.” 


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