What It Means to Belong in Many Places at Once with Elif Shafak

“This city will always pursue you,” wrote the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy, even when you go to another country, another shore.

”We are all a product of our environment”. (unknown source)

“We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves.” Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

In this new world, we move countries and live in many places. This is the new normal.

I currently live in Germany and, according to statistics, by 2025, more than 60% of urban residents will have a foreign origin.

Each country, each city, each job, each friend leaves a mark. It makes us rich with experiences, gives us a broader vision and understanding.

”There is always a greater possibility of finding common ground between people with multiple belongings…

Multiple belongings are nurtured by cultural encounters, as we dearly love all our (new) countries and communities while remembering we are citizens of humanity.

It is about thinking of yourself, and your fellow human beings, in more fluid terms than solid categories.” Elif Shafak – ”What It Means to Belong in Many Places at Once”

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