Belongingness Thwarted, Belongingness Fulfilled.

I just wanted to be one of them.”    — Opening line of the new film “The Gates of Eternity,” spoken by Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh

I’m one of those people who has a great need to feel like I belong. “Who doesn’t?” would be a logical response. With tribalism, gang culture and assorted other group phenomena getting a lot of attention in the last few years, there’s been a lot of focus on just how essential this is to human beings. I know, tell that to Ted Kaczynski or J.D. Salinger or Garbo. (Hmmmm…all…