Migration of Ideas
One way of solving a problem is knowing its causes. This need is challenging as it is getting harder to know the underlying cause of a problem. Moving from simple to complicated, complex and chaotic lives bring problems to identify the initial cause of the problem.
Let us consider the famous example below.
For Want of a Nail
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the soldier was lost
For the want of a soldier the message was lost.
For the want of a message the battle was lost.
For the want of a battle the country was lost.
Who would imagine that the loss of a nail would lead to the loss of a country?
Now, let me extend the discussion to what happens after the loss of a country. Many people will flee for their lives to other countries and a new problem emerges. It is the immigrants’ problem and the many new sub-problems it creates.
This issue may get come complex and chaotic if we consider what happened after losing the country in the above example. People living there will lead a chaotic life. Some of them seeking survival will flee home seeking survival and migrate to another country.
It occurred to me that ideas don’t behave differently. They feel their loss at home and try to migrate seeking survival. After-all they are living ideas that have their survival issue.
Ali Anani, PhD
The causes and effects on mass migration of people has been well-researched. This is a complex issue. Not only the loss of a country leads to chaos, but also the effects complex and chaotic too.
To explain this complexity let me show by example. I simplified it to keep the issue easy to understand. The initial effect of people migrating to a new land, among others, are loss of productivity and adaptation time may take a long while. These two factors reinforce each other. The image below explains what I mean.
We see that both factors eventually lead to the initial low social acceptance of immigrants. People take time to adapt to change and they don’t accept the new culture they moved into. The original population seeing the segregation of immigrants lead to resist them and accept them. The immigrants find it increasingly difficult to merge in the new society. Likewise; the productivity of immigrants falls drastically at the beginning because people take a minimum of six months to adapt to the new culture. Lowered productivity leads to more feelings of inferiority and social acceptance goes down. This build feeling of anxiety, and the need for hospitalization. Increased costs of hospitalization increase the medical costs for the original population and this fuel reducing accepting the immigrants. This initially builds up to the rapid escalation of social rejection and the immigrants lose more of their productivity and motivation to work. The vicious circle builds up.
Does the immigration of ideas suffer from the same fate as those experienced by immigrants? It seems to me they are based on the comparison table below.
This is a great challenge for dealing with complex effects and interacting causes makes identifying the root of a problem much harder. Likewise; is identifying the root cause of ideas and how they cross our minds. Do ideas realization introduce a new cause for people to migrate? My answer is yes.
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