A long summer day is a time to change homes for some of us. Going through a pandemic can make things harder or more comfortable. Harder because we choose according to virtual tours and phone calls. Or more convenient as you do not need to take extra leave from work. Whatever your reason is, immigration is the reality of nature.
Examples of animals who migrate are sperm whale, wildebeest, red crab, monarch butterfly, or Arctic terns. But some don’t change their places at all, such as Galapagos tortoise. The trigger cues of migration in animals are:
- External cues: search for food and water, shifting seasons and light exposure
- Internal cues: adequate energy stores, biological clock
When it comes to humans, one should have a will for it. The Norwegian philosophist Schopenhauer said on free will:
“Der Mensch kann was er will; er kann aber nicht wollen was er will.”
(Man can do what he will but he cannot will what he wills).”
These examples point to genes that are activated under specific circumstances to make some of us migrate. Migration is a serious event. This little 100 gr Arctic tern has the longest migration route in the world. Arctic terns can travel about 40,000 km in a year, from pole to pole. Without any navigation or a stop sign, flying from known to unknown is stressful!
Once you are moving, the next determinants are time and place. We can choose, be pulled in, or pushed for it. The outcome is our adaptation for survival.
- People migrate like other creatures in the world. It is a matter of the instinct-driven process by our biology and the environment.
- When the time comes, just get on the road, you will be amazed at how well you can prepare yourself.