I was thinking today about acceptance. The process by which an outsider with overtones of belonging is able to become a part of the group. The process through which that outsider is able to make inroads, to help that group accept something a little different, without needing to erode that individuality. I was thinking about process.
What is the thing about an outsider that the group most fears and despises? Especially when that group believes that difference is a threat.
What is the shorthand that makes that manifestation of threat become innocuous?
What about that individual allows them to have the strength to maintain that otherness while opening to the group?
Why is this seemingly all so difficult?