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Jake Bailey: Why we all crave sense of belonging

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The letter arrived at home. It was thin and flimsy, far too unobtrusive to be a bill. When I opened it, I found a sticker inside. It filled me with the same joy that receiving a sticker gives a young child, but even more so than the little gold stars we used to be offered in school, because this sticker was bigger- the kind designed to be put on your car.

Think of three things which define you. Three traits which make you who you are.

A sport that you do or follow. The field you work in. Your belief in a god, or a lack thereof. Maybe you think pineapple on pizza is an abomination, or maybe you're deluded.

There are a handful of personality knick-knacks which make you who you are. They may not be the ones I've listed, but they're somewhere in you. Chances are they're the things which best be avoided with you at dinner parties unless one wants to find themselves trapped in a conversation where your morals bend under the weight of the absolute codswallop about Peruvian basket weaving or something of the sort you are listening to, until you decide that in this context it is........

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