Live where you find meaning
As a white person in Southern Africa, I'm the product of immigrants. People moved here looking for new opportunities, and that's why I'm here. For me, campaigning not to emigrate makes little sense since I'm here due to my forefathers moving here. I'm the product of immigrants!
What strikes me is this idea of moving and staying. Before you can stay, someone must have moved to where you are now. Staying, and going, are interconnected. To say #ImStaying - like the hashtag trending where I live - is to also celebrate those who have moved to where you are now!
But, who should move, and who should stay today? This is an emotionally loaded question with those who leave seemingly in one camp and those who remain in another.
Migration will never stop - it's part of being human - in fact, one can argue it's part of being a living organism. I type this a stone's throw away from the cradle of humankind, where the first humans lived millions of years ago, and today there are people all over the planet.
Since migration is normal, there can also never be a final destination. There is no ultimate place to stay. People will always move. The world's most liveable city was recently announced as Copenhagen, yet, some people will leave Copenhagen this year and move elsewhere. The best place on paper today cannot be so forever and is certainly not for everyone.
Ultimately, this migration question is tied to belonging, which is connected to meaning. You stay where you feel you belong, where you feel you have meaning; purpose. The moment you think somewhere else can offer you more meaning and belonging, you'll move or try to.
We should stop judging each other for staying or moving and start celebrating man's search for meaning. If you have it where you are now, then stay. If you think you can have it elsewhere, then move. And, crucially, if you don't have it but can't move, start looking between the cracks because, as Victor Frankl showed, meaning is a mindset.