Quote for Today: Mohsin Hamid

800px-Sort_sol_pdfnetMaybe we are all prospective migrants. The lines of national borders on maps are artificial constructs, as unnatural to us as they are to birds flying overhead. Our first impulse is to ignore them. If we stay where we are it is not because the instinct for migration is entirely absent from our nature, but because friends, family, home, opportunity — or fear, laws, inertia, laziness — keep us from moving. For me, as an immigrant, recognising that those already resident in the place to which I have immigrated often themselves wish to emigrate suggests a giant circle of human motion and potential motion of which I am a part.

Mohsin Hamid, Hindustan Times, August 7, 2008

Synkroniciti has quoted Mohsin Hamid before here.

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