Friday, August 08, 2008

The Emigrant

Throughout history, the general driver of the motion of people from one land to another has generally been some form of disparity or to seek a life with more prosperity. It's thought that the first humans moved from Africa because greater abundances of food existed along the paths people followed--paths that eventually brought people to the Americas. In fact, the settlement of America by the English started with two groups of people: second-born aristocratic sons who wouldn't inherit a damn thing from their fathers and people escaping social and religious persecution.

The spirit that drove these people to come to a new land can be looked at in two lights. On one hand, these people were brave enough to flee their homelands--the comfortable dominions of their forefathers--to establish completely new lives in a place distant and unknown. On the other hand, instead of fighting to solve the problems which resulted in their discontent, they chose to flee and abandon the land of the ancestry.

The emigrant is both a coward and a hero, and the immobile dweller, the same. It is the emigrant who has the courage to make something new but the fear to fight what is stagnant. The immobile dweller fears what is new but knows how to fight what is rotten. It's not that they are cowards or heroes, they are two types of people with two sets of skills and mindsets, and they both do what they want in pursuit of happiness.

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