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On Moving

On Moving

Thanks to @lexc for asking the community to write about Moving. The following is my stream of thoughts related to moving.

Moving, akin to change, is discomforting but strangely a satisfying activity. Discomforting because everything will be new and we need to learn and unlearn habits and routines. Satisfying because once you get into the groove of the new place, the pleasure of belonging to a new community is intoxicatingly pleasing. Humans have always moved and evolved to survive. I find the concept of nativity and rootedness to one place is kind of a bogus identity satisfying thing. People might have moved away from continents for work, but when they meet or group, they need a common theme and the place of birth, school or college happens to be one. I am not against that kind of bonding at all. We all need to find our tribes, but why restrict to one. We all should be able to identify ourselves in multiple tribes based on our interests and experiences.

Travel is also move on which I have very mixed opinions. I used to be a cheerleader of advocating everyone to travel more and explore to find out what we are blessed with and what we are missing out. But lately, after reading Yuval Harrari's super-duper best seller, Sapiens, I have mixed feelings about. In evolutionary terms, if I remember correctly, whether we are in India or Mexico, makes no difference. Human beings are meant to survive as a group. We are master storytellers which bind us and brings progress. Yuval argues travel is a story built by the tourism industry to mint money from wealthy. All the emotional highs of a journey can be achieved by being where ever you are, maybe my meditation or reading about it or watching videos.  

Its an argument for which there is considerable opposition, as traditionally our society romanticised travel. Writers, poets, movies have extolled on the discovery that travel brings to you. The argument from Yuval is very contrarian and needs more analysis. If a Tyler Cowen or someone interviews Yuval, I would love if someone can probe more on this front.

Y Tu Mamá También

Y Tu Mamá También

How my intent to change my team actually changed myself

How my intent to change my team actually changed myself