It is often bound, not to loss, but to concerns with ‘identity’ and ‘subjectivity’. Being becomes confused with where one lives, resides; who one is becomes confused with a sense of belonging to a family, a tribe, a group, a region, a nation, an alliance, or even a state (nation state or economic union, with borders that are perceived as real or taken as cultural, juridical, economic and discursive; as for example in the idea of ‘Europe’).
The state of Being, the condition, is confused with a sense of belonging.
As soon as there is belonging, though, there is the fear of loss, and with that there arrive the concern with inclusion, the anxiety over exclusion, and, more than these, a perpetual condition of crisis. This is the case, whether one speaks of the self, a nation or, more diffusely, an idea of something that passes for a community.
An extract from Julian Wolfreys' forthcoming book Haunted Experience