your root is your root, even if other places are more attractive

@mydanods (6798)
Nigeria
October 25, 2012 11:10pm CST
i wonder why is it that people who have left their roots or home for a long time do not find anything good with their roots when they return, especially when where they have migrated to and have stayed for lots of years seem more prosperous, with lots of things to offer? take the "prosperity" and "development" aside; one's roots is always his roots. if you were born in a place and grew up there until you became adult and migrated, it makes no sense looking down on the people there because you have found a better place. it means you do not appreciate what you have, in the first place, and in the second, you can never learn from the experience and be comfortable with the new place. btw, lots of these persons end up coming back to spend their retirement years at their hometowns when they are old!
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
26 Oct 12
Of course, roots are roots, no doubt about that. You can take a person out of a nation, but you cannot take the nation out of the person. I travel a lot, but always long to come back to home after a few days have passed. It is not only about the food or relatives, it is also about the comfort factor of the culture and the rituals you are familiar with. Cheers! Ram
@mydanods (6798)
• Nigeria
26 Oct 12
i wonder what country or culture you are talking about? you really are proud about your roots. it is good to take pride in where one is born because you cannot take it away from you. your roots are an integral part of your bio and your experience.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
27 Oct 12
I am an Indian and am proud of my roots and culture. We are priests by our roots and that is probably why I loving teaching or counseling. Cheers! Ram
@mydanods (6798)
• Nigeria
27 Oct 12
i believe the priests are the intellectual class, the teachers. hmmm! I really do not understand the indian caste system. i wonder what you could share with us here, how globalization and mixing of world cultures must have affected the caste system in india. would people still want to be in their "place," so to speak?
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@SIMPLYD (77450)
• Philippines
26 Oct 12
I think that's because they do that to emphasize the "success" they have in another place. However, even if that is the case, they will always be returning to their hometowns, because in there they know of a lot of people if not all the residents. Thus, when they retire, they would like to come back and retire there, because of the people and the sentimentality of the place. But most of all, they are rich when they come back because their money earned abroad can be converted into its country's equivalent , many folds bigger.
@mydanods (6798)
• Nigeria
26 Oct 12
many are rich when they come back, especially if they have been sending money back home over the years and have real estate. some are not so, especially those who have run into the wrong side of the law and have to go without even in those countries. whatever the situation, nostalgia and the feeling that there is no place like home is a very strong magnet, especially for the old and the retirees.
• Bangladesh
26 Oct 12
Home. - My home is as if it is.
I hold an unique esteem for my home. I feel an unique nostalzia for my home.
@mydanods (6798)
• Nigeria
26 Oct 12
it's good to be home. when you esteem you home, you can esteem others'. thanks
• Bangladesh
26 Oct 12
Yes you are right. We should not forget our home where we grew up and developed. I feel lots of drives of nostalzia for my home whenever I go somewhere else even for short period of time. One thing that make my home more appealing to me is my grewing up with honour and dignity, love and affection I got in my place. I have settled up many years ago in my maternal grandpas place where I had found lots of love, affection, support for lack of which I aint been able to love my paternal place. Rather I hold kinda detest for my paternal place.
@mydanods (6798)
• Nigeria
27 Oct 12
i wish you could catch me laughing over here. if only i had a desktop voice recorder! if you detest your paternal place, you do not have to tell us, Kashidanga1971. you really are humorous. i appreciate the pride you have for your roots. it really shows. keep it up.
@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
26 Oct 12
Who says that if people leave their "roots" (whatever that may be) they look down on people who did not do so? I was born in a place but never lived there for long. My parents moved a lot, I moved over 14 times myself, I travel(led) a lot and so are my kids. Our roots have nothing to do with the place where we are born, with the house we lived the longest time of our life but with the family we come from and like to be with. Home is where we feel well/great no matter what village or town or country. My father always said: if you think you can have a better life elsewhere go for it. It's better to try as to regret. I raise my children as people of the world not as people of a certain country or nation. Personally I don't feel any close or closer connection to the country I am born or the countries I travel too (where I have my house for example or where my husband is living). Perhaps in your country many people go back to their hometown (where they are born) but in my country this is not the case for sure. Elder/old people prefer warmer countries this besides of the fact you are in my country not allowed to live in any place you like if you don't have a job (economic connection) over there or a lot of money to buy something (which elder/old people seldom will do). BTW I think that if people go travelling around, see other places they do change. Which also means they see the place where they are born in a different way and there is nothing wrong with it. The meaning of life is to grow, to develop yourself. Not to stay where you are and shut out every opportunity to meet other cultures, people, opinions.
@mydanods (6798)
• Nigeria
26 Oct 12
i think i agree with your statement that people who travel a lot do change, especially as to world view and tolerance. satellite television and the internet has made it possible for people to travel from even the comfort of their home. it's given birth to a mixing of culture, the sort CNN wants us to believe. my tribesmen, the ibos, travel a lot. traveling is in the blood (or genes). some never come back to where they were born for religious or economic reasons. when some do return, they find it hard adjusting to the environment, especially for the age group who are mobile and have lots of money in their pocket. the only generation that return and accept their hometown are older persons. they return nostalgic, accepting the fact that we do not have the same health and economic opportunities as the countries they are coming from. whatever one decides, to return to his hometown or stay wherever he finds himself, a home is where you feel at home, WakeUpKitty. happy weekend.