Thursday, 19 March 2015

Ex-Pat, Immigrant, Citizen of the World

There was an article in the paper last week about the terms used to describe a person who lives in a country that they weren't born in, that's not really theirs. It seems to be an emotive subject.

In the song 'Imagine' John Lennon imagines there are no countries and someone remarked that we wouldn't be able to have the Olympics without countries.

I've written about this in other posts, what it's like to live as an outsider, a guest in someone else's country for whatever reason you happen to be there so I won't go on about it now, but in an ideal world no-one should have to leave their country of origin unless they want to.  Sadly though so many people for so long have had to seek refuge in other countries.  I'll just remind you of what my wise old dad used to say:) 'Wherever you go you take yourself with you.'

 Here is a poem from Emily Dickinson that I like and seems appropriate.

The heart is the capital of the mind;
The mind is a single state;
The heart and mind together make
A single continent.

One is the population -
Numerous enough,
This estatic nation
Seek - it is yourself.

Not such a big place really

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