Friday, February 20, 2009

Mon0patriates, Bipatriates, Multipatriates.

New Terms:

Monopatriate ( n.) A monopatriate person is someone who believes that everything (s)he needs can be found in one nation-state, usually, in the one in which he is a citizen/native/national and where he belongs to the predominant “power group” the groups of citizens who are enjoying a good lifestyle in which they do not lack for anything.
The term can also include minorities who still love the country of their birth/citizenship and who believe that through education or hard work they can achieve the same status as the power group.
Monopatriates can be indigenous or non indigenous people, native born or foreign born, immigrants or non-immigrants. As long as they embrace the idea that where they are in the best place on earth and do not aspire to seriously move to another country, they can be termed “monopatriate”.
In most first world as well as non first world large countries, the majority of people living there embrace the monopatriate philosophy.
Bipatriate (n.) this person believes that in order to have a complete life, one country is not enough- it is better to live in two countries. Usually these people are immigrants with still strong roots to the language and culture of the old country or cultural aficionados of exotic lands who early on in life start expressing a strong interest in some other culture. These persons shuttle back and forth, and forever live straddling two nations/cultures/states. Among them, you can also find people who are married to foreigners and who are now more or less connected to another ethnos or country through marriage. These are often bilingual and bicultural. Bipatriates include expat workers and even refugees. Bipatriism, thus, is not always a voluntary choice. Sometimes, it taken up out of economic or political necessity.
Multipatriate (n) ( or if you wish, you can add such terms as “tri-, quadro-, quinto-“ patriates although anything beyond two is already a “multi”). These people believe that any one country is chronically incomplete for them and it lacks some important elements to enable them to enjoy a happy, full life there. Or, the country can have a fault which is seen as intolerable to them. They have travelled around the world and have discovered that in other countries there are elements that they seek which were missing at home and that there are no similar problems which they had to face in their permanent country of domicile. They also realize that just two countries is again not enough since usually there are two many problems and too many things are lacking for just one other country to make up for. Hence, they spread their lives among three or four countries or more and live lives in which everything they need is available in abundance.
While bipatriation can be attained by quite a few people- look at Subcontinental workers in the Arabian Gulf countries who are there for decades, multipatriation is more difficult and requires greater flexibility as well as a good travel document ( such as a 1st world passport) which would (politically) not impede their freedom of movement. It is harder to be a multipatriate with a Bangladheshi passport.
A multipatriate should also have the sufficient financial means to afford such a lifestyle.It does not mean rich, just some $2000 a month could be enough. However, the rewards are enormous- the fulfilment of just about every desire can be his(hers). Big houses ( rented) at the fraction of a cost, gorgeous model-like lovers, past times that (s) he could never afford back home, the weather and the services, the views, the cultural environment, the friendliness that he could never hope to have in his/her country had he stayed mono-patriate.
Again and again you will discover that God has put everything you want on this planet and it is, in fact, the Garden of Eden. But God did not put all the treasures and fruit and pleasures of the Garden in just one Nation State. Even the richest people who think that everything is available where they are will see that while many things may be brought over, a lot of it is just not as good as it would be in its natural habitat.

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